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NEW YEAR’S EVE 2011 IN BELLINGEN

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A Happy New Year to al of you Fellow Bloggers. A mad crew we must be to have persevered with this challenge.Bravo !

THE YAAN. Its 10.20pm here in Bellingen, Australia. All is quiet. Its 21.5 degrees Celsius. There’s been 1.2 mm rain since 9 a.m. this morning. And there’s almost no wind. Now and then, cheers erupt from the house 2 doors up the street. Nothing too raucous. Across the river, we heard fireworks briefly at 9p.m. but didn’t see anything. Likely I will be in bed before midnight. Izzy’s music gear is all stashed in his van. John and him played by the pool at the luxury resort despite the rain and cold and I went to my meeting in town and talked again until the shops were shut. My Girls were here during the day for a bit. All in all, a peaceful ending to a tough year. Me, I am going to read Edgar Rice Burroughs in bed. The CHESSMEN OF MARS this time. I’m leaving all the confusion and relational hurts alone for the rest of the Year and letting it all sleep.

One thing I do do – is wish you all a 2012, that ….. Let me think. The 2012 that is the BEST for you.

Back into the TROVE for me to see what other New Year’s have been.

ny The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. 1866 - 1939), Thursday 4 December 1930, NY HOPE The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. 1933 - 1954), Saturday 30 December 1944
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23132378  

TSUNAMI WARNING

TSUNAMI WARNING

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WEPA40 PHEB 110730
TSUPAC
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 003
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0730Z 11 MAR 2011
THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.
... A WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT ...
A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
 JAPAN / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / N. MARIANAS / GUAM / WAKE IS. /
 TAIWAN / YAP / PHILIPPINES / MARSHALL IS. / BELAU / MIDWAY IS. /
 POHNPEI / CHUUK / KOSRAE / INDONESIA / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /
 NAURU / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. / KIRIBATI / HOWLAND-BAKER /
 HAWAII / TUVALU / PALMYRA IS. / VANUATU / TOKELAU / JARVIS IS. /
 WALLIS-FUTUNA / SAMOA / AMERICAN SAMOA / COOK ISLANDS / NIUE /
 AUSTRALIA / FIJI / NEW CALEDONIA / TONGA / MEXICO /
 KERMADEC IS / FR. POLYNESIA / NEW ZEALAND / PITCAIRN /
 GUATEMALA / EL SALVADOR / COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / ANTARCTICA /
 PANAMA / HONDURAS / CHILE / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA / PERU
THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
 ORIGIN TIME -  0546Z 11 MAR 2011
 COORDINATES -  38.2 NORTH  142.5 EAST
 DEPTH       -   10 KM
 LOCATION    -  NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU  JAPAN
 MAGNITUDE   -  8.8
MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY
 GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON    TIME        AMPL         PER
 DART 21413           30.5N 152.1E  0659Z   0.76M /  2.5FT  32MIN
 HANASAKI HOKKAIDO J  43.3N 145.6E  0657Z   2.79M /  9.2FT  76MIN
 DART 21401           42.6N 152.6E  0643Z   0.67M /  2.2FT  40MIN
 DART 21418           38.7N 148.7E  0619Z   1.08M /  3.5FT  06MIN
 LAT  - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
 LON  - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
 TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
 AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
        IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
        VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
 PER  - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.
 NOTE - DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY
        ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL
         MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.
EVALUATION
 SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED
 WHICH COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE
 APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. THIS CENTER WILL
 CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND
 SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.
 A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
 LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND CAN VARY
 SIGNIFICANTLY ALONG A COAST DUE TO LOCAL EFFECTS. THE TIME FROM
 ONE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE NEXT CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR, AND
 THE THREAT CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AS MULTIPLE WAVES ARRIVE.
 FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
 AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
 OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
 THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
 CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
 CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
 ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.
 LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
 JAPAN            KATSUURA           35.1N 140.3E    0635Z 11 MAR
                  KUSHIRO            42.9N 144.3E    0642Z 11 MAR
                  HACHINOHE          40.5N 141.5E    0700Z 11 MAR
                  SHIMIZU            32.8N 133.0E    0756Z 11 MAR
                  OKINAWA            26.2N 127.8E    0912Z 11 MAR
 RUSSIA           URUP_IS            46.1N 150.5E    0714Z 11 MAR
                  SEVERO_KURILSK     50.8N 156.1E    0834Z 11 MAR
                  PETROPAVLOVSK_K    53.2N 159.6E    0836Z 11 MAR
                  UST_KAMCHATSK      56.1N 162.6E    0840Z 11 MAR
                  MEDNNY_IS          54.7N 167.4E    0903Z 11 MAR
 MARCUS IS.       MARCUS_IS.         24.3N 154.0E    0757Z 11 MAR
 N. MARIANAS      SAIPAN             15.3N 145.8E    0853Z 11 MAR
 GUAM             GUAM               13.4N 144.7E    0909Z 11 MAR
 WAKE IS.         WAKE_IS.           19.3N 166.6E    0925Z 11 MAR
 TAIWAN           HUALIEN            24.0N 121.7E    0932Z 11 MAR
                  HUALIEN            24.0N 121.6E    0933Z 11 MAR
                  TAITUNG            22.7N 121.2E    0936Z 11 MAR
                  CHILUNG            25.2N 121.8E    1004Z 11 MAR
 YAP              YAP_IS.             9.5N 138.1E    0944Z 11 MAR
 PHILIPPINES      PALANAN            17.1N 122.6E    0955Z 11 MAR
                  LEGASPI            13.2N 123.8E    1026Z 11 MAR
                  DAVAO               6.8N 125.7E    1053Z 11 MAR
 MARSHALL IS.     ENIWETOK           11.4N 162.3E    1013Z 11 MAR
                  KWAJALEIN           8.7N 167.7E    1044Z 11 MAR
                  MAJURO              7.1N 171.4E    1124Z 11 MAR
 BELAU            MALAKAL             7.3N 134.5E    1025Z 11 MAR
 MIDWAY IS.       MIDWAY_IS.         28.2N 182.6E    1026Z 11 MAR
 POHNPEI          POHNPEI_IS.         7.0N 158.2E    1027Z 11 MAR
 CHUUK            CHUUK_IS.           7.4N 151.8E    1034Z 11 MAR
 KOSRAE           KOSRAE_IS.          5.5N 163.0E    1043Z 11 MAR
 INDONESIA        GEME                4.6N 126.8E    1049Z 11 MAR
                  BEREBERE            2.5N 128.7E    1058Z 11 MAR
                  WARSA               0.6S 135.8E    1110Z 11 MAR
                  MANOKWARI           0.8S 134.2E    1118Z 11 MAR
                  PATANI              0.4N 128.8E    1124Z 11 MAR
                  JAYAPURA            2.4S 140.8E    1135Z 11 MAR
                  SORONG              0.8S 131.1E    1135Z 11 MAR
 PAPUA NEW GUINE  MANUS_IS.           2.0S 147.5E    1124Z 11 MAR
                  KAVIENG             2.5S 150.7E    1124Z 11 MAR
                  VANIMO              2.6S 141.3E    1134Z 11 MAR
                  WEWAK               3.5S 143.6E    1146Z 11 MAR
                  RABAUL              4.2S 152.3E    1154Z 11 MAR
                  KIETA               6.1S 155.6E    1205Z 11 MAR
                  AMUN                6.0S 154.7E    1211Z 11 MAR
                  MADANG              5.2S 145.8E    1215Z 11 MAR
                  LAE                 6.8S 147.0E    1254Z 11 MAR
                  PORT_MORESBY        9.3S 146.9E    1429Z 11 MAR
 NAURU            NAURU               0.5S 166.9E    1149Z 11 MAR
 JOHNSTON IS.     JOHNSTON_IS.       16.7N 190.5E    1202Z 11 MAR
 SOLOMON IS.      PANGGOE             6.9S 157.2E    1221Z 11 MAR
                  FALAMAE             7.4S 155.6E    1222Z 11 MAR
                  MUNDA               8.4S 157.2E    1239Z 11 MAR
                  GHATERE             7.8S 159.2E    1248Z 11 MAR
                  AUKI                8.8S 160.6E    1309Z 11 MAR
                  HONIARA             9.3S 160.0E    1314Z 11 MAR
                  KIRAKIRA           10.4S 161.9E    1318Z 11 MAR
 KIRIBATI         TARAWA_IS.          1.5N 173.0E    1228Z 11 MAR
                  KANTON_IS.          2.8S 188.3E    1329Z 11 MAR
                  CHRISTMAS_IS.       2.0N 202.5E    1443Z 11 MAR
                  MALDEN_IS.          3.9S 205.1E    1518Z 11 MAR
                  FLINT_IS.          11.4S 208.2E    1613Z 11 MAR
 HOWLAND-BAKER    HOWLAND_IS.         0.6N 183.4E    1243Z 11 MAR
 HAWAII           NAWILIWILI         22.0N 200.6E    1259Z 11 MAR
                  HONOLULU           21.3N 202.1E    1313Z 11 MAR
                  KAHULUI            20.9N 203.5E    1320Z 11 MAR
                  HILO               19.7N 204.9E    1339Z 11 MAR
 TUVALU           FUNAFUTI_IS.        7.9S 178.5E    1330Z 11 MAR
 PALMYRA IS.      PALMYRA_IS.         6.3N 197.6E    1346Z 11 MAR
 VANUATU          ESPERITU_SANTO     15.1S 167.3E    1407Z 11 MAR
                  ANATOM_IS.         20.2S 169.9E    1502Z 11 MAR
 TOKELAU          NUKUNONU_IS.        9.2S 188.2E    1409Z 11 MAR
 JARVIS IS.       JARVIS_IS.          0.4S 199.9E    1427Z 11 MAR
 WALLIS-FUTUNA    WALLIS_IS.         13.3S 183.8E    1427Z 11 MAR
                  FUTUNA_I.          14.3S 181.8E    1440Z 11 MAR
 SAMOA            APIA               13.8S 188.2E    1445Z 11 MAR
 AMERICAN SAMOA   PAGO_PAGO          14.3S 189.3E    1452Z 11 MAR
 COOK ISLANDS     PUKAPUKA_IS.       10.8S 194.1E    1452Z 11 MAR
                  PENRYN_IS.          8.9S 202.2E    1525Z 11 MAR
                  RAROTONGA          21.2S 200.2E    1626Z 11 MAR
 NIUE             NIUE_IS.           19.0S 190.0E    1526Z 11 MAR
 AUSTRALIA        CAIRNS             16.7S 145.8E    1528Z 11 MAR
                  BRISBANE           27.2S 153.3E    1620Z 11 MAR
                  SYDNEY             33.9S 151.4E    1651Z 11 MAR
                  GLADSTONE          23.8S 151.4E    1730Z 11 MAR
                  MACKAY             21.1S 149.3E    1811Z 11 MAR
                  HOBART             43.3S 147.6E    1826Z 11 MAR
 FIJI             SUVA               18.1S 178.4E    1528Z 11 MAR
 NEW CALEDONIA    NOUMEA             22.3S 166.5E    1531Z 11 MAR
 TONGA            NUKUALOFA          21.0S 184.8E    1557Z 11 MAR
 MEXICO           ENSENADA           31.8N 243.2E    1644Z 11 MAR
                  PUNTA_ABREOJOS     26.7N 246.4E    1732Z 11 MAR
                  CABO_SAN_LUCAS     22.8N 250.0E    1809Z 11 MAR
                  SOCORRO            18.8N 249.0E    1819Z 11 MAR
                  MAZATLAN           23.2N 253.6E    1858Z 11 MAR
                  MANZANILLO         19.1N 255.7E    1924Z 11 MAR
                  ACAPULCO           16.9N 260.1E    1959Z 11 MAR
                  PUERTO_MADERO      14.8N 267.5E    2134Z 11 MAR
 KERMADEC IS      RAOUL_IS.          29.2S 182.1E    1648Z 11 MAR
 FR. POLYNESIA    PAPEETE            17.5S 210.4E    1706Z 11 MAR
                  HIVA_OA            10.0S 221.0E    1744Z 11 MAR
                  RIKITEA            23.1S 225.0E    1913Z 11 MAR
 NEW ZEALAND      NORTH_CAPE         34.4S 173.3E    1714Z 11 MAR
                  EAST_CAPE          37.7S 178.5E    1814Z 11 MAR
                  AUCKLAND(W)        37.1S 174.2E    1814Z 11 MAR
                  GISBORNE           38.7S 178.0E    1821Z 11 MAR
                  MILFORD_SOUND      44.6S 167.9E    1839Z 11 MAR
                  WELLINGTON         41.3S 174.8E    1845Z 11 MAR
                  AUCKLAND(E)        36.7S 175.0E    1856Z 11 MAR
                  NEW_PLYMOUTH       39.1S 174.1E    1900Z 11 MAR
                  NAPIER             39.5S 176.9E    1908Z 11 MAR
                  WESTPORT           41.8S 171.6E    1929Z 11 MAR
                  DUNEDIN            45.9S 170.5E    2021Z 11 MAR
                  LYTTELTON          43.6S 172.7E    2055Z 11 MAR
                  BLUFF              46.6S 168.3E    2113Z 11 MAR
                  NELSON             41.3S 173.3E    2206Z 11 MAR
 PITCAIRN         PITCAIRN_IS.       25.1S 229.9E    2000Z 11 MAR
 GUATEMALA        SIPICATE           13.9N 268.8E    2150Z 11 MAR
 EL SALVADOR      ACAJUTLA           13.6N 270.2E    2156Z 11 MAR
 COSTA RICA       CABO_SAN_ELENA     10.9N 274.0E    2209Z 11 MAR
                  PUERTO_QUEPOS       9.4N 275.8E    2235Z 11 MAR
                  CABO_MATAPALO       8.4N 276.7E    2237Z 11 MAR
 NICARAGUA        CORINTO            12.5N 272.8E    2217Z 11 MAR
                  PUERTO_SANDINO     12.2N 273.2E    2223Z 11 MAR
                  SAN_JUAN_DL_SUR    11.2N 274.1E    2233Z 11 MAR
 ANTARCTICA       CAPE_ADARE         71.0S 170.0E    2222Z 11 MAR
                  THURSTON_IS.       72.0S 260.0E    0121Z 12 MAR
 PANAMA           PUNTA_BURICA        8.0N 277.1E    2248Z 11 MAR
                  PUNTA_MALA          7.5N 280.0E    2334Z 11 MAR
                  PUERTO_PINA         7.4N 282.0E    2344Z 11 MAR
                  BALBOA_HTS.         9.0N 280.4E    0155Z 12 MAR
 HONDURAS         AMAPALA            13.2N 272.4E    2253Z 11 MAR
 CHILE            EASTER_IS.         27.1S 250.6E    2255Z 11 MAR
                  ARICA              18.5S 289.7E    0244Z 12 MAR
                  IQUIQUE            20.2S 289.9E    0249Z 12 MAR
                  ANTOFAGASTA        23.3S 289.6E    0254Z 12 MAR
                  CALDERA            27.1S 289.2E    0314Z 12 MAR
                  GOLFO_DE_PENAS     47.1S 285.1E    0315Z 12 MAR
                  COQUIMBO           29.9S 288.6E    0323Z 12 MAR
                  VALPARAISO         33.0S 288.4E    0338Z 12 MAR
                  CORRAL             39.8S 286.5E    0352Z 12 MAR
                  TALCAHUANO         36.7S 286.9E    0359Z 12 MAR
                  PUERTO_MONTT       41.5S 287.0E    0552Z 12 MAR
                  PUERTO_WILLIAMS    54.8S 291.8E    0855Z 12 MAR
                  PUNTA_ARENAS       53.2S 289.1E    1700Z 12 MAR
 ECUADOR          BALTRA_IS.          0.5S 269.7E    2331Z 11 MAR
                  ESMERELDAS          1.2N 280.2E    0003Z 12 MAR
                  LA_LIBERTAD         2.2S 278.8E    0024Z 12 MAR
 COLOMBIA         BAHIA_SOLANO        6.3N 282.6E    2347Z 11 MAR
                  TUMACO              1.8N 281.1E    0012Z 12 MAR
                  BUENAVENTURA        3.8N 282.8E    0030Z 12 MAR
 PERU             TALARA              4.6S 278.5E    0033Z 12 MAR
                  PIMENTAL            6.9S 280.0E    0138Z 12 MAR
                  LA_PUNTA           12.1S 282.8E    0139Z 12 MAR
                  CHIMBOTE            9.0S 281.2E    0144Z 12 MAR
                  SAN_JUAN           15.3S 284.8E    0153Z 12 MAR
                  MOLLENDO           17.1S 288.0E    0226Z 12 MAR
BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES
FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH
CHINA SEA REGION.  IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION... THE
MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.
THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.