We were woken to the reoprts of a Tsunami in Samoa, reports of a major earthquake having started it...at 8.3 you oculd say that was a decent shake!
My mum lives near the coast (about 3 hours south of here, not in Samoa) and she said the local Civil defence used the matter as a training exercise and they had the warning siren's going most of the morning, with radio updates to match. She's 76...running is not an option for her. I suggested they go to the pub up the hill for a long lunch! She was very matter of fact about it, they would be fine afterall the CD was only predicting an extra metre swell (which would coincide with high tide but no...she'll be right!)...the kind of stiff upper lip reaction that seems to go hand in walking stick with those who have weathered wars, depressions and other disasters.
I wonder sometimes if we are doing enough to toughen our kids, so that they will have the smarts to survive without their iPods, their Nintendo's, without takeaway food and without someone asking them what they would like to do in the nicest way cos otherwise we might scar them for life if we (heaven forbid) tell them!
As for me, even after several years as a brownie and Girl Guide I still can't light a fire without masses of kindling wood or even better a fire-starter block! My kids won't learn much from me...