Thankfully no-one in NZ was killed, but it shows that if you have the resources and finances to build stuff properly your chances of survival increase massively. The big clean up has started down there already, and although the damage to the country will be measured in billions of dollars, they'll be ok soon enough.
"The bloody ground go shaky"
The US Coastguard has arrested a piece of machinery. A blowout preventer to be precise-the bit of the oil well which is supposed to stop the thing exploding. No, I'm not making this up, Admiral Thad Allen, a retired Coast Guard commander in overall charge of the operation to gather evidence for a possible lawsuit against BP declared that the preventer "will be taken into custody" and become part of the "evidence material that's been required by the joint investigative team.
I imagine the 350 tonne, 50 ft high lump of steel is on the phone to it's lawyer as we speak.
"Get me Lionel Hutz right now!"
Done by Chilean born artist Ivan Navarro, I think these look great.
Finally today, as I was scooting about the web looking for funny, weird, cool or just plain interesting things to tell you about, I came across what may be the single most harrowing picture I've ever seen.
If you want to know about the true cost of the Pakistan floods, look below.
A warning, this picture is extremely upsetting - and for once I'm not joking. Not even I can joke about this.