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Old 17-07-2006, 22:02   #1
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Tsunami in Indonesia

200+ dead; I don't know if anyone is in the area, but hope all is well.
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Old 18-07-2006, 03:44   #2
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Well,they certainly have copped their fair amount of **** in the last 12mth's,I really feel for them.All is not well!!So if ya see a local donation site ,throw a C note their way like we do.We really carn't afford it,but.we do.It all helps and $100 bucks,well,thats priceless to these people.Mudnut.
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The death toll (260 ?) will inevitably rise, as hundreds of people are reported “missing”.
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The wall of water that hit was not much different to the boxing day one in relation of size. What was fortunate was the coverage area was much smaller. Otherwise it could have been far worse. I haven't heard of damage anywhere else yet, so I guess and hope it is localised to just that Java area. The problem is, like the boxing day event, some outerlying islands are so small, they have no communication and it took weeks before people realised some area's not regularly visited were wiped out. Interestingly, there a a couple of very small islands to the southwest of the earthquakes epicentre. I hope they are OK.
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Sadly, it seems incompetence and bumbling have made the situation worse again:

PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (AP) _

... Meanwhile, the government acknowledged Tuesday it received regional warnings about the impending disaster but did not relay them to threatened communities along Java island's southern coast.
... The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Japan's Meteorological Agency issued warnings of a possible tsunami. It struck Java about an hour later.
ถ Science and Technology Minister Kusmayanto Kadiman said Indonesia received the bulletins 45 minutes before the tsunami hit, but "did not announce them" because they did not want to cause unnecessary alarm.
ถ "If it (the tsunami) did not occur," he said to reporters in the capital, Jakarta, "what would have happened?" He did not elaborate.
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The current official death toll from the Indonesian (Java) tsunami has risen to at least 339, health ministry officials say. Another 136 people are reported missing around Pangandaran, the worst-hit area, and about 450 people have been injured, and as many as 55,000 people have been displaced. Exact figures for the numbers of dead & missing are contradictory, but Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the toll was expected to rise in coming days.

Time Line:
0819GMT: A 7.7 magnitude undersea earthquake triggers tsunami
0838GMT: International quake monitors send warnings to Java, but no local alert systems in place - no warnings issued to populace
0915GMT: Waves around two meters (6.5 Ft) high hit Java coast

Didn't they lose another 5 - 6,000, to a Tsunami, back in May?
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”The tsunami that smashed into the heavily-populated south coast of the Indonesian island of Java this week has killed at least 528 people, the Indonesian Government says.
As many as 275 are still missing and 400 people have been injured, the National Disaster Management Coordinating Agency says.
The agency estimates more than 50,500 people have been displaced...”


Full story - Goto ABC News Online ( July 20, 2006. 5:27pm AEST): http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...7/s1692402.htm

Tsunamis

Resources:
NOAA - Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory: http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Tsunami Pages: http://www.tsunami.noaa.gov/


What are they and why do they occur?

Tsunami, a Japanese word meaning "harbor wave," is a wave in the ocean or lake created by a geologic event. Often a tsunami is incorrectly referred to as a tidal wave, which, strictly speaking, describes the periodic movement of water associated with the rise and fall of the tides. The term tsunami was adopted for general use in 1963 by an international scientific conference.

Oceanographers call tsunamis seismic seawaves because they are usually caused by earthquakes, landslides or marineslides under or near the ocean. These push the water upward, sideways or downward to create the tsunami waves. Volcanic eruptions can also cause tsunamis. They are more common in the Pacific Ocean.

A tsunami is not a single wave, but a series of waves that can travel across the ocean at speeds of more than 500 miles an hour. In the deep ocean, hundreds of miles can separate wave crests; many people have lost their lives during tsunamis after returning home thinking the waves had stopped.

As the tsunami enters the shallows of coastlines in its path, its velocity slows but its height increases. A tsunami that is just a few centimeters or meters high from trough to crest can rear up to heights of 30 to 50 meters as it hits the shore, striking with devastating force.

For those on shore there is little warning of a tsunami's approach. The first indication is often a sharp swell, not unlike an ordinary storm swell.

In 1883, a tsunami following the eruption of Krakatoa volcano between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra killed 36,000. The tsunami's passage was traced as far away as Panama.
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