As far as I know I am the only Standard author to have been right in the middle of the Darfield / Christchurch earthquake. To all commenters and readers in the region – greetings, and keep safe.
I’ve had many reactions to the experience. Some of them are about the importance of having a plan, and the resources on hand to deal with such disasters. A post for another time.
All I wanted to say in this quick post was – yes it can, and in some cases yes it will. Any minor accident or emergency that we think can’t happen to us? Yes it can. Some of those global disasters that people have been warning about for decades? Yes it will. The oil shock is coming and its going to be huge. Catastrophic effects of climate change are coming and they are going to be worse. Don’t listen to any comfortable shortsighted fool that says these things are just scaremongering and that “it” can’t really happen. Because the evidence and the logic are inescapable. Like an earthquake building up deep underground. Yes it can. Yes it will. Be prepared – have a plan.