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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!!