One of the upsides of living in the southern hemisphere is having sunshine while most of the world is in the thick of winter. The downside is that we're so far away from everyone. This was underlined when the massive earthquake in Chile sent a tsunami across the Pacific Ocean.
This meant an early morning wake up call for New Zealand when the tsunami threatened to arrive here and swamp our coastal regions. Luckily most of its strength was spent by the time it arrived, but it we spent the morning waiting to see what would happen. At least we now know the Civil Defence warning system works.