WONDERING what’s happening around the world this week? We thought we’d give you a run-down of issues big and small, events near and far. This week it’s about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Metlink’s increased fares, and Spanish retailer ZARA opening shop in Melbourne.
Japan earthquake and tsunami
WE’RE pausing for more than a moment in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city life this week to remember all those who have been affected by the devastating Sendai earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The 9.0-magnitude earthquake shook the country last Friday March 11, triggering a tsunami that sent 10-metre high walls of water crashing over cities on the north-east coast of the main island.
More than 2000 people have died and thousands more are injured and missing (see the National Police Agency of Japan pdf report). Entire cities have been destroyed and many lost everything when the waves swept away their homes, cars and boats.
There have also been fears of radiation leaks from nuclear plants affected by the earthquake in Fukushima.
Analysts have confirmed that the earthquake is the fourth largest ever recorded worldwide and the largest Japan has experienced since modern recordings began 130 years ago.
Metlink increases fares
If being home to the world’s most overvalued global house prices wasn’t bad enough, Melbourne has now hiked up their public transport fares, again. Both Metcard and myki tickets were increased by 3.1 per cent on March 12, which means you’ll pay an extra 10 cents for your average two hourly or daily trip.
So don’t be surprised when you purchase your next Metcard. A full breakdown of costs can be found on the Metlink website.
ZARA: Coming Soon
Having successfully conquered 70 countries and opened more than 1000 stores, ZARA has finally decided to expand its horizons to Australia.
The flagship Melbourne ZARA store is expected to open at Bourke St Mall, just next to David Jones this April. So keep your eyes peeled, fashionistas!