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Buschfeuer - Aschewolken über Sydney

Der diesjährige Winter in Australien war extrem warm. Eigentlich war der Winter schon fast wie ein Frühling und der Frühling ist nun schon mehr ein Sommer. Auch der Regen blieb aus, was dazu führt, dass das Land staubtrocken ist. Nach diesem angenehmen Winter mit Rekordtemperaturen erwartet die Australier nun auch leider eine schlimme Buschfeuer-Saison. Normalerweise erlebt man infernale Brände wie gestern erst im Hochsommer. Bei Temperaturen Mitte 30 und starkem Wind reicht aber oft schon eine achtlos weg geworfene Zigarette, um einen unkontrollierten großflächigen Waldbrand auszulösen.

In den Blue Mountains, ca. 60 km westlich vom Stadtkern von Sydney, haben die Buschbrände gestern besonders schlimm gewütet. Allein in dieser Region sind mehr als 20.000 Hektar dem Feuer zum Opfer gefallen. In der Folge mussten viele Menschen evakuiert werden und an die 100 Familien haben ihre Häuser verloren. Heute ist das Wetter zwar etwas kühler und der außergewöhnlich starke Wind hat sich gelegt, trotzdem brennen noch an die 80-100 Feuer im Bundesstaat New South Wales.

Wer den gestrigen Nachmittag in Sydney verbracht hat, konnte die riesige Wolke beobachten, die den Himmel langsam verdunkelte, um eine glühend rote Sonne zu verdecken. Der Rauch und die Asche wälzten über die Stadt hinweg, breiteten sich wie ein Nebel aus und zauberten das Licht in ein bizarres Farbspiel, das von einem sanften Rosa bis zu einem glühenden Orange reichte. Fasziniert war gestern mit Sicherheit jeder von dem Spektakel, aus der Ruhe gebracht hat dieser Ausnahemezustand jedoch niemanden hier. Buschfeuer, Zyklone, Trockenperioden und Haiangriffe scheinen zum Leben in Australien wohl einfach dazu zu gehören.

No worries!

FOTO: HALANS (FLICKR)

Kommentare:

  1. Hi Nina,

    I've been following your blog for quite some time and can't help myself - need to get involved! Hope you don't mind if I stick to English for the time being...

    I've lived in Australia for almost ten years, come from Prague, and use your blog (in a very selfish manner :-) to improve my German which I am trying to learn at the moment (can read but cannot write yet :-).

    Your comments really struck a chord with me, be it the lack of culture, the yellowish scenery, friendly-yet-not-so-friendly Aussies, their slow "highways", the lack of choice in their supermarkets, all those poorly built Australian houses (even the Swedes were bloody freezing :-) , the completely ridiculous prices, those funny-yet-not-so-funny comparisons with Vienna, the (sadly) dying Great Barrier Reef, politics, racism, alcohol, your comments on Sydney, and so on...

    Well, I had kind of disliked the Czech Republic before I moved to Australia but, honestly, Prague is a paradise compared to that "Down Under" place, and surely Austria even more so. Or could it be that one can simply perceive things differently and appreciate all those little things at home that had looked so ordinary before?

    Anyway, what an amazing blog! The real reason I´m writing is that it's kind of astonishing to see so few comments under your spot-on observations... One wonders if Austrians travel at all..

    Looking forward to more astute comments! :-)

    Beste Grüße aus Prag,
    "Aussie"

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  2. Hiya Aussie,

    I totally agree with you since I am also astonished that German speaking audiences seem to be rather hesitant when it comes to comment on a blog post. Thanks for the inspiration, I am going to blog about it tomorrow. Cheers Dorothée

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    1. Thank you, I am moving onto your blog soon... :-) Really enjoy foreigners/non-Aussies commenting on Australia, it keeps me sane!

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  3. Hiya Aussie

    I count on your comments .... Cheers Dorothée

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  4. Thank you for all the comments!

    I enjoyed reading your message, Aussie. I always find it astonishing that people from Europe seem to have similar experiences in Australia. Even though we are all individuals and come from very different countries, we can somehow relate to each other. That being said, I also think that living in Australia has made me more of a European, rather than an Austrian!

    And to answer your question about Austrians not traveling (or not commenting on my blog), the truth is that most of my readers are living in Germany. I even have more readers in Australia, than in Austria :-)

    Cheers,
    Nina

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    1. "That being said, I also think that living in Australia has made me more of a European, rather than an Austrian!"

      Couldn't agree more! I wonder whether one needs an Australian experience to feel this way, but the feeling is overwhelming indeed.

      I will read through your older post some more and will get back to you, I guess. It makes me wonder if there is one single thing on your blog that you view differently because so far this blog could have been mine, really. Literally 100 per cent agreement, or rather the same perceptions..

      Cheers, Aussie

      Anyway, time to stop, because I agree with you soooo much on everything that I would be just repeating things. Amazing. I will read through your older post

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