Apocalypse not now

MEGAN MILLER
Last updated 05:00 21/12/2012
Mytchall Bransgrove/ Fairfax Media

When facing the prospect of doomsday, it's important to have a good sense of humour, as Timaru emergency services officials demonstrated this week.

21/12/2012: Doomsday Hangout

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While covering Timaru's response to the predicted December 21, 2012 doomsday, Timaru Herald reporter Megan Miller was on hand to provide frontline coverage for former colleagues at US news website Timesonline.

Congratulations, Earth. You've survived the December 21, 2012 doomsday.

The so-called Mayan Apocalypse was due to hit New Zealand today, provided the Mayan Long Count Calendar adjusted for factors like the International Date Line.

And at the stroke of midnight in Timaru – absolutely nothing extraordinary occurred.

The streets of the central business district were quiet in the lead-up to December 21. A few holiday revellers had gathered for drinks at Petite Wine & Dine in the Royal Arcade, but manager Richard Brown said no one seemed to be there to fortify themselves against the end of the world.

Meanwhile, social media users on the other side of the Date Line watched New Zealand anxiously to learn this country's fate.

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