NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
24st May, 1960 : An earthquake in Chile yesterday sent waves surging across the Pacific Ocean at 400 miles per hour. Twelve hours later, somewhat depleted from the 5,700-mile trip, a barrage of 10-foot waves began to batter New Zealand coast. All along the 800-mile coastline, small boats drift aimlessly, larger ones are hopelessly stranded, and owners of beach cottages strain to bail out their cellars. Lyttleton harbour took the brunt of the deluge, the latest count there placing the death toll at 200 sheep.