Not sure if the news of the 8.8 'quake in Chile has made it onto your news pages? And the following Tsunami alerts that were following in hot pursuit?
We all slept through the earthquake and the news reports, the first I heard of it was when i got a text from my sister-in-law saying they were taking my mum and her husband to higher ground. (Fair enough, they live about 400 metres from the beach on the east Coast of our 'Shaky Isles".) My mum is getting on a bit and has knee trouble, her husband has a few health issues - they need a good 2 hours of advance notice to run.
They were fine, had a great cooked breakfast quite a good distance away from the seashore and eventually returned home. Excitement over.
Today however, the news hounds are talking 'Alert fatigue' - you know, the modern equivalent to the boy who cried "Wolf". They reckon that humans will get complacent if they are warned too often and "Nothing happens". To be fair, even with this alert there are reports of quite a few people going 'rubber necking' to the foreshore anyway - they want to see the Tsunami and presumably play chicken with it. I have always thought that if you can see the thing, it's likely to get ya!
Maybe it's because I'm in health & safety anyway, maybe it's because I prefer to be safe over sorry but alert fatigue? I don't think so, I still appreciate the fact that the airports all have fire engines at the ready for take-offs and landings "just in case". If 'alert fatigue' is real, maybe the dummies who rush down to the waterfront at the mere sniff of a Tsunami will get it and the collective IQ of the planet may increase if they are allowed to stay to watch big waves, instead of being shooed away. That can't be a bad thing, can it?