Natural disasters have beset Australia's neighbours in the last two days, with the Samoan earthquake and tsunami quickly followed by an earthquake in Indonesia. Considering how close these countries are to Australia and the scope of the disasters, it makes sense that they are front page news. Hundreds are dead. Thousands have been left injured and homeless.

But of course, there is always the desperate search for a local angle in Australian newsrooms. "Are any Aussies dead?". The result: if you're just a headline skimmer, sometimes the only thing you'll know is the Aussie death toll.