Exodus: residents forced to shelter “up to their necks in water”; 1000 evacuated by boat from Tasman peninsula; fears for those still missing

The town of Dunalley was devastated by the fires (Source: SMH)

Updates:

  • More than 1000 people have been evacuated from the peninsula to Hobart via boat, with the final ferryload of 180 people departing Nubeena for the capital early on Sunday morning…”
  • There are fears of more casualties, as a number of people remain missing – let’s hope they are all accounted for safely
  • The good news – the fires have been downgraded “…The Forcett fire, east of Hobart, has spread and is still active at Taranna and near the larger communities of Forcett, Eaglehawk Neck and Dodges Ferry.Chief fire officer Mike Brown says the fire has been downgraded from an emergency listing to a watch and act. But he says residents still need to be monitoring the situation.”

A good report from Al Jazeera:

The fires are described as the “worst in half a century”.

Also recommended, the video channel of the Tasmania Fire Service.

My thoughts are with the people and communities of Tasmania.

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16 thoughts on “Exodus: residents forced to shelter “up to their necks in water”; 1000 evacuated by boat from Tasman peninsula; fears for those still missing

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  2. Richard Ryan says:

    You lot are scary, especially you john byatt … you are a certifiable nutbag. Thank goodness there are gun laws in Australia to save us from you. Holy shit, I knew you alarmists were all a bit loopy but you are dead set insane. Luckily, we’ve advanced as a society and its unlikely that you’re going to get too many more zealous crazies to follow your crusade. Man, i thought I was having some fun looking at what you dummies were talking about but now I’m scared. BTW my real name is Lee Gilham and I live in Metung so leave me alone

    • zoot says:

      Thank you for your nuanced, carefully argued critique.
      The force of your logic is exceeded only by the broad sweep of your research. How you managed to uncover that esoteric evidence fills me with awe.
      Who could disagree with such an intellectual titan? You’ve convinced me.

  3. john byatt says:

    IQ and the values of nations

    see summary

    http://personal.lse.ac.uk/Kanazawa/pdfs/JBS2009.pdf

    • john byatt says:

      Summary. The origin of values and preferences is an unresolved theoretical
      question in behavioural and social sciences. The Savanna-IQ Interaction
      Hypothesis, derived from the Savanna Principle and a theory of the evolution
      of general intelligence, suggests that more intelligent individuals may be more
      likely to acquire and espouse evolutionarily novel values and preferences
      (such as liberalism and atheism and, for men, sexual exclusivity) than less
      intelligent individuals, but that general intelligence may have no effect on the
      acquisition and espousal of evolutionarily familiar values. Macro-level
      analyses show that nations with higher average intelligence are more liberal
      (have greater highest marginal individual tax rate and, as a result, lower
      income inequality), less religious (a smaller proportion of the population
      believes in God or considers themselves religious) and more monogamous.
      The average intelligence of a population appears to be the strongest predictor
      of its level of liberalism, atheism and monogamy.

  4. john byatt says:

    The creationists party blog and the Australian continue with the misinformation

    http://theclimatescepticsparty.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/guiness-book-of-climate-crap.html

  5. john byatt says:

    The email which watts would not allow in his comments,
    from: Dana Nuccitelli
    To: Anthony
    Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:47 PM
    Subject: Re: still waiting…
    We of course don’t agree with giving denialists the death penalty, but we’re also not going to waste our time commenting on what some German musicologist said just because he happens to (correctly) cite SkS as a factually accurate source on climate science.

    Given than you frequently allow WUWT guest posts from people like Christopher Monckton, who aside from being a total nutjob (to put it as kindly as I can), says some pretty horrible things on a regular basis, I really don’t think you’re in a position to expect more than that.

    -Dana

  6. john byatt says:

    major australian bushfires,
    1939
    1967
    1983
    2009
    2013.

  7. john byatt says:

    Have a friend who lived through this one,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_Tasmanian_fires

    .

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