Tsunami Watch - Newcastle Beach NSW Australia by Bev Woodman

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Up before dawn we headed for Newcastle Beach. Our aim was to sit on the cliffs above either Newcastle Beach or Nobbys to watch for any hint of the tsunami predicted from the devastating earthquake in Chile … being early for its predicted arrival we stopped for this beautiful sunrise image taken from Watt Street and overlooking Newcastle Beach with the canoe pool in the distance. We then planned to head for the canoe pool for sunrise but it was not to be as all the streets were closed off leading there. Initially I felt proud that our city fathers had taken the initiative to protect us all from a possible tsunami only to find that there was a triathelon due to start with no thought of any impending distaster. By this time we had missed the sunrise so opted for breakfast at the Bogey Hole cafe … another great spot … before heading off to Swansea Heads to again keep watch on the ocean’s antics. Here we found people lining low lying areas and cliff tops watching and waiting. At one stage I wandered down to the Swansea Coast Guard station only to look across the channel at the huge surf carnival in progress on Blacksmiths Beach. My questions to the coast guard officers on duty as to whether we needed to worry about anything was no and that they were more intent on catching those who crossed the channel bar without a life jacket. So I guess there was no need for alarm … at least in the Newcastle region although other areas were putting over alerts for people to leave the ocean areas … here they either ignored the warnings or treated the event as a social outing. How different things would have been if the predictions were right!! Even the police officer who pulled me over for a breath test didn’t mention to be careful in these areas!!


beach, sunrise, tsunami, sand, surf, pool, newcastle beach, watt street

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  • lianne
    lianneover 4 years ago

    Whatever can I say in the face of such beauty Bev. What an exquisite capture and simply incredible color. The mauve/silver sea is simply one of the loveliest things I’ve seen! Gorgeous!

  • Thank you dear Lianne … you always encourage me with your beautiful comments that keep me inspired. Thank you so much for the favourite too. I’m so glad I stopped when I did as we would have missed our early morning shots today♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 4 years ago

    good work Bev … all safe in Newport just nutty people waiting for a tsunami to arrive so their kids could see

  • … or get washed away. Thanks Phil … the same here up here. One little lady though was heading off to get emergency supplies so she could go and sit on Mt Sugarloaf. At least I got this shot during my early morning adventures … plus had breakfast out … and got breath tested … very eventful morning♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Melina Roberts
    Melina Robertsover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photo Bev! I woke up this morning and saw the beautiful colours in the sky, wishing I had gotten up in time! Love it!

  • Thank you Melina … I was pleased we got to this spot in time for these colours … they didn’t last very long this morning

    – Bev Woodman

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 4 years ago

    Fantastic Bev. It’s’worth going up early. The colours are beautiful.

  • The best time of the day John … thanks so much for commenting on this one

    – Bev Woodman

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 4 years ago

    Just beautiful Bev – so very well taken, but I’m a little bit confused where you said this was a sunSET photo and that you planned to head for the canoe pool for a sunRISE photo. I was reminded of the lady we once met on the beach at Terrigal who asked us (in all seriousness) where did the sun rise in Western Australia? She was so used to see is rising over the ocean she just could not comprehend anything different!
    Take care

  • Oh Peter – 10 points for pointing this out to me … I’ve been back in and changed it …. I must admit when you are used to the sun rising over water its a bit confusing when we’ve travelled overseas to see it differently. I look forward to the day when I can get an image in WA of the sunsetting over the ocean.

    – Bev Woodman

  • kyteflyer
    kyteflyerover 4 years ago

    BEautiful shot, Bev. I used to go up on the upper road at Nobbys, a bit of elevation does wonders. Re the possible tsunami… I heard on the news last night and decided there was no way I was going down, just in case. One never knows how nasty it would be. They did say it was expected around 8.45 am, so I reckon you were pretty safe at the time you were there :)

    Again, stunning shot, instant fave :)

  • Thanks Sue … we were heading for the road above Nobbys to stay safe but couldn’t get anywhere near this area this morning because of the triathalon … so I was pleased I stopped just outside the gate to James Fletcher for this one … you’d know the spot well!

    – Bev Woodman

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    What a daredevil you are. So I’m guessing you passed the breathalizer test. Nice shot Bev.

  • Thanks Michael … we planned to stay on high ground but plenty didn’t … all the breathaliser showed was bacon and eggs and coffee so I was safe.

    – Bev Woodman

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 4 years ago

    We had the Quicksilver Pro cancelled up here. Nice shooting Bev :)

  • Thanks Julie … I heard they cancelled the Quicksilver … the Blacksmiths Beach Surf Carnival was huge and they elected to go ahead with it … the tide was certainly up this morning in Swansea Channel but then it was a king tide too (same as yesterday).

    – Bev Woodman

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 4 years ago

    We were a tad annoyed at the news reports of ‘Tsunami alert for entire eastern coast of Australia including Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands’ (holidaying on the absolute beachfront for the weekend on the south coast) with absolutely no qualifications at all (any idea how long, how big, do we panic, do we stay alert, do we go home, do we go to sleep and ignore the whole thing?!!) … seemed sensationalistic reporting which was disturbing and would undermine the credibility of any future warnings … however it did get you out for a stunning shot Bev!!! Well done …

  • Thanks Rosalie for the comment and you are right about the reporting. If the threat was serious and there was a chance it could have been, why were there not people around these surf spots telling people to stay away. Many didn’t even know about it and some stupidly set up their picnic tables and umbrellas at water level to sit and watch it come in. At least Hawaii took it all seriously and put their locals through the appropriate drill, as did Surfers Paradise. To allow surf carnivals and fishermen/surfers outside if the threat was real was quite reckless. No wonder so many didn’t take any notice.

    – Bev Woodman

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 4 years ago
    I was rather confused by their warning as well…only seen it by chance from my daughter in-law on "facebook’ early this morning…I think they were just going through the motions..covering their A$#@…told us nothing!!! *-(
  • Thanks Deb … it seems that many major beaches were covered but I was confused that if the threat was real why did the triathalon and surf carnival go ahead … and why were the coast guard allowing small craft across the bar?

    – Bev Woodman

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