School buys lifejackets in tsunami fear
Sat, 25 Aug 2012 1:21p.m.
A Christchurch primary school has bought lifejackets for its children in the event of a tsunami.
South New Brighton School says it is leaving nothing to chance if there is a big earthquake offshore.
The December 23 rupture of a fault line off New Brighton generated 5.3 and 6.0 magnitude quakes in quick succession. They were not enough to cause a tsunami, but experts say two other bigger fault lines further north could trigger 7.0 magnitude-plus quakes, big enough for a tsunami or strong tidal surge.
People near the coastline would have only minutes to escape.
The school, which is only a short distance from the coast, decided to buy more than 400 lifejackets for pupils and staff after reviewing its health and safety policy, principal John Bockett told the Christchurch Star newspaper.
"It really is the same as having lifejackets and flotation devices in aeroplanes - it's just in case," he said.
"We are dealing with lots of precious wee lives and even though the chance of having a localised tsunami is very slim it is important for us to be prepared," he said.
Two families have withdrawn their children from the school since the lifejackets were bought but Mr Bockett said most parents applauded the initiative.
The lifejackets are kept in wheelie bins outside each classroom.
Mr Bockett would not say how much the lifejackets cost but they were purchased with school funds and a donation.
Christchurch City Council has installed 22 tsunami sirens on the coastline and they were tested for the first time last month.
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29/08/2012 12:54:54 a.m.
tyler evans wrote:
lol great idea but i live not far from the beach and when they tested them sirens we didnt hear a thing , it wont work bob parker loves dreaming!!
27/08/2012 12:07:06 p.m.
julian jayet wrote:
Hi,Life jackets save lives even if its only one,Later on in life the school training will be usefull in a ship boat or aircraft crash,,Julian
25/08/2012 5:58:29 p.m.
In the event of a full scale tsunami life jackets aren’t going to save anyone you muppets! They may even promote a false sense of security. In the event of a tsunami the best (and only) thing to do is run as fast as you can for higher ground. And if you are right on the coast that probably wont save you either. This decision to buy life jackets however is an excellent illustration of how evolution works. Good luck.
25/08/2012 5:48:19 p.m.
Considering the happenings of late and the seemingly touchy geology of the land, its probably quite an intelligent procaution. Cheap to compared to the priceless cost of our children (future)
25/08/2012 5:21:18 p.m.
Amazing! Utterly irresponsible Board of Trustees. Did they consult with Civil Defense to see if having life jackets had any merit whatsoever? What would it cost?? $40,000?? and how often would they have to be replaced? What would the lead time be if such an earthquake occurred? If only minutes then the time spent trying to get some badly frightened kids into life jackets would be much better spent in leading them toward higher ground. Let's have some information on how the BoT decided on such a foolish decision.
25/08/2012 2:53:49 p.m.
Presumably the school has run out of other things to buy and has everything it needs to educate the kids. Presumably also it doesn't need to request funding from its parents. If that is so, then perhaps it can educate the other schools in the country.
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