How an iPhone saved me from panicking in a Tsunami warning !

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by john1725, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. john1725 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2010
    Here in New Zealand, we received a Tsunami warning on Sunday 28th February. The funny thing was I was attending a cousins wedding on Waiheke Island, just outside of Auckland, and on that morning we were having breakfast at a cafe right in front of the beach !! The police came around and started evacuating everyone on the beach, put up warning signs and blocked the roads. At this stage we were a little worried after previous Tsunamis around the world, and we were wondering if we should start heading for high ground. The police were saying nothing to us.
    I mean around us no one was moving, we had paid for breakfast, and Tsunami or no Tsunami, we had to get our money's worth !

    However one of my Aunts had an iPhone with internet access and she shortly discovered that there had been an earthquake in Chile, and a Tsunami warning had been issued to some of the Pacific Islands and countries.
    Now we were a little more than worried, and were beginning to think we should just slowly get up, no sudden moves, and slowly and gradually make our way to higher ground. We didn't want to panic anyone after all.

    Luckily later on another report appeared on the Internet and said the wave would be only a meter high at maximum. So a meter high wave would knock you off your feet on the beach, but we were higher than a meter at the cafe above water level, so we continued eating our breakfast. :) This is probably why the police did not ask us to move along before.

    Thankfully we had an iPhone amongst us, and this certainly saved a lot of unnecessary panic.

    Edit. Changed date to correct date.
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Just so you know, a meter high wave a quarter mile (lowballing it here) thick will cause massive damage.
  3. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    Any mobile phone with internet access could do.
  4. john1725 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2010
    Yep true. But here in life threatening situations, where time is crucial, a good interface design makes all the difference.
  5. john1725 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2010
    Ok didn't know that here !
    My Aunt should've looked that up on the Internet while she was there !
  6. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    There is no such measurement as "thick" with respect to waves.
  7. Ab10la macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2010
    I was all excited thinking that's you had an iphone specific story any cell phone could have done that. You were actually saved by having access to the internet.
  8. Vandam500 macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
    I think he meant to say wide
  9. MXChristian11 macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Can you tell the future? :rolleyes:
  10. androiphone macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
    woo go internet *lifts internet onto sholders* hip hip hooray :D :D ;)

    and yeah meter high solid block of water would certainly drag you along with it untill it looses its power and would definatly be able to knock down any flimsy structures like sheads or static caravans

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