Melbourne lies on a southern tip of Australia, pointing toward the South Pole. In this regard it needs to take extra precautions over and above the other coastal cities along Australia's eastern coast. Melbourne has many advantages - being on a plate that will tip up, slightly, during the shift, and being close to the sea for fishing opportunities and snuggled within mountains for safety from floods and tidal waves. However, there will be extraordinarily strong ocean currents rushing between the Pacific, which will be compressed and need to empty, and the Indian Ocean. This affects any city directly along the currents. Boats will disappear in a wink in the flow, and not surface for days. The water may be somewhat higher than normal just prior to the shift, too, as the stagnating earth will pool her waters at the poles, not the equator, when rotation stops. Thus, the rush of water away from the Pacific will not only be forceful, but high, rather than low - a double danger.