Quantcast

Latest Indian Ocean earthquake Stories

2006-03-03 03:32:00

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Two Sri Lankan men accused of grabbing a gold chain from a woman caught in the 2004 tsunami before letting her be swept to her death will be put on trial for murder, officials said on Friday. Police said the two men had been in prison since January 13 last year on charges of theft, and would appear in court later this month. Solicitor General C.R. de Silva decided to charge them with murder after watching a video of the incident. "We are filing an indictment," he...

47ddfda9269f4252e471661a4afb8aaf
2006-03-02 04:15:00

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Sumatra-Andaman earthquake of December 26, 2004, was one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory, mostly on account of the devastating tsunami that followed it. A group of geologists and geophysicists, including scientists at the California Institute of Technology, has delineated the full dimensions of the fault rupture that caused the earthquake. Their findings, reported in the March 2 issue of the journal Nature, suggest that previous ideas about where giant...

54525c51c8af3d69a7566095c6a959d21
2006-02-23 07:55:00

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A coral reef spanning several hundred acres and teeming with fish has been discovered off the coast of Thailand and should be given protected status, the World Wide Fund for Nature said Wednesday. Tipped off by local fishermen, WWF divers in January found what they say is a healthy, 667-acre reef in southern Thailand with over 30 genera of hard corals, and at least 112 species of fish. Among the fish species identified, the WWF said, was a type of parrot fish first...

2006-02-21 07:45:00

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Most coral reefs escaped "serious damage" from the 2004 tsunami and should recover in less than 10 years, though much will depend on local government's protecting marine ecosystems, according to a report released Monday. The report, compiled by Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, found that reefs in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand were hardest hit, with damage reaching up to 30 percent in some places. But much like earlier studies, it found that human...

2006-02-12 16:42:05

By Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The international community must provide $680 million in aid for Congo this year to stop a humanitarian disaster that kills as many people as the 2004 Asian tsunami every six months, a top UN official said. The United Nations and the European Commission will jointly launch this appeal on Monday at a conference in Brussels, two months before the Democratic Republic of Congo is due to hold landmark elections, U.N Under-Secretary-General for...

2006-02-08 05:54:43

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will miss a deadline to move tens of thousands of people made homeless by the 2004 tsunami into temporary houses because of problems obtaining timber, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who heads the government's Aceh reconstruction agency, said up to 67,000 people living in tents would have to wait until June, two months behind a self-imposed deadline to provide temporary homes. "We have to change our plan to move...

2006-02-04 00:45:12

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 hit India's Andaman islands early on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but a senior official said there was no damage. The epicenter of the earthquake was located 45 km (30 miles) northwest of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, it said on its Web site (www.earthquake.usgs.gov). It struck at 2034 GMT. An Indian weather office official said the earthquake measured 5.9. It woke people from...

2006-02-02 04:05:24

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia, which suffered the most from the Indian Ocean tsunami, dismissed on Thursday a report that accused several governments of failing to meet human rights standards in relief efforts. ActionAid International, the Habitat International Coalition and the People's Movement for Human Rights Learning charged on Wednesday that while the tsunami aid campaign had many successes, it failed to ensure the rights of many of those affected to food,...

2006-02-01 12:58:57

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The huge global relief effort after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has trampled on the human rights of many of the survivors even as it tried to rebuild their lives, three aid groups charged on Wednesday. While the aid campaign, the largest ever undertaken, has had many successes, it has failed to ensure the rights of many of those affected to food, clean water and a secure home and livelihood, the groups said in a new report. More than a...

2006-01-16 08:35:50

Please delete in eighth paragraph ... At the moment, even private domestic carriers do not fly there ... By Palash Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Foreign tourists could soon be boarding direct flights to India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands in a move officials hope will provide a major boost to communities hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Most visitors have so far been Indians keen to see the most far-flung outpost of their country, which borders Indonesia. Travel is...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.