Map 139 is a Tsunami Threat Map from New Zealand. A 7.1 earthquake occurred approximately 100km off the Northeast Coast of New Zealand’s North Island on September 2nd (location pictured below).
The earthquake was deep in the ocean but close enough to land that tsunamis were certainly possible. A tsunami, a large wave or series of waves, is caused by any large displacement of water. Earthquakes are the most obvious but volcano eruptions and man-made sources like bombs could also be the cause. Because they could happen without much notice just as an earthquake could, tsunamis are a constant threat to island nations such as New Zealand, Japan, and The Philippines.
This particular earthquake could have caused only minor tsunamis according to the map but a rush of one meter of water is easily enough to overwhelm swimmers and/or sweep them out to sea. Residents in the areas marked in green were advised to:
1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)
2. Stay off beaches and shore areas
3. Do not go sightseeing
4. Share this information with family, neighbors and friends
5. Check news websites, listen to the radio and/or TV for updates
6. Follow instructions of local civil defense authorities
That list is standard safety procedure for any small tsunami. Larger tsunamis would be grounds for evacuation to higher ground. This earthquake didn’t materialize any tsunamis and the map isn’t disaster movie-worthy (like San Andreas, 2012, or The Day After Tomorrow) but I find it interesting nonetheless. The news site that posted this map and corresponding earthquake coverage clearly has a tsunami map outline where they can fill in colors as needed. I’m certainly glad I don’t live in a place where tMap 140hat is a necessity.
Map 140 may be tough for some readers on this day of remembrance. Just in case, I’d like to warn everyone now that it concerns the terror attacks on New York City on September 11th, 2001. It shows a 3D representation of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and where the planes hit that some people may find disturbing. Despite the name of this series, this map is not fun. I do not include this map in my Fun with Maps series because it is fun or provides anyone joy. I do so because it is informative and topical. It is important not to forget what happened on that day. People around the world, not just Americans, will remember where they were and what they were doing on that awful, awful day. So, again, do not proceed any further if you do not wish to see a 3D representation of the World Trade Center with airplane symbols indicating where the two planes hit.
Okay, for those still with me. I don’t think I have to say much about this map. I found it today because I went looking for a map that provided an overview of Ground Zero. I wasn’t expecting to find a 3D version that showed where parts of the planes were found but I did. That being said, I do feel a little weird sharing it with my (not all that large) audience, hence the extra warnings. This map, while interesting to a point, makes me feel sad and angry. It brings back some bad memories from that day and the following weeks and months. Nothing will ever be the same following any of the attacks on 9/11. New York City and Washington D.C will never be the same. In addition to memorials in those cities, the field in Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crash landed will stand as a reminder of the heroes that sacrificed their lives to stop a fourth plane from targeting important ground structures and the innocent lives within. The airline industry will never be the same and nor should it. Security has improved and policies have changed. Everyone is more vigilant.
I am still saddened by the loss of life that day. Stories of those lost, the survivors, and family members of those lost are still prevalent in our media fifteen years later. Good. That’s a good thing. We can never forget. Without much else to say on the subject, that is the end of the post. I hope I haven’t offended anyone. I will not be tagging this post with anything related to 9/11. I didn’t include the map for clicks or attention.
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