News stories just used to be that…news stories. Didn’t matter how big a disaster it happened to be there was always a detachment, a buffer from the reality.
Sometimes it just suddenly hits you how, in this age of instant mass communication, events at the far end of the world can take on a more personal note.
In a series of short tweets this morning from my friend Annie in NewZealand the implications of one potential disaster became instantly real. Here are Annie’s tweets…like twitter read from the bottom up.
Thanks to all for your positive thoughts and support. All prayers & thoughts for our community welcome. about 7 hours ago via web Retweeted by you
We are home to sleep for a bit. I officially have a ‘strong dislike’ for the media now. Been doing security for the last few hours. about 8 hours ago via web Retweeted by you
I’m officially on standby now. Will be going to help set up a Welfare centre to care for the families of the miners as they gather. See ya. about 3 hours ago via web
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4365223/Explosion-traps-miners-on-West-Coast Here is some news on the Mine accident about 4 hours ago via web
Not sure when I will next see PB. All the hospital staff are waiting, waiting for any casualties. about 4 hours ago via web
There was an explosion. 36 miners currently unaccounted for at Pike River Mine. about 4 hours ago via web