Latest Indian Ocean earthquake Stories

2010-01-23 09:10:33

Underwater Communication Network May Sense Tsunamis Tsunamis send electric signals through the ocean that appear to be sensed by the vast network of communication cables on the seabed, according to a new study led by Manoj Nair of the University of Colorado and NOAA. Nair and his colleagues used computer models to estimate the size of an electric field created by the force of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami as it traveled over major submarine cables. Salty seawater, a good conductor of...

2010-01-19 12:29:00

Aid agency's president will comfort survivors, support teams on the ground, assist in aid distribution SEATTLE, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard Stearns, the President of aid agency World Vision, will arrive today in quake-ravaged Port-au-Prince on a flight carrying emergency supplies for the relief effort. Stearns, who also helmed the Christian humanitarian organization's U.S. arm during the Asian tsunami response five years ago, will be on the ground through the week. "As...

2009-12-26 09:20:00

On the 5th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, an international scientific team has cautioned against claims that "Ëœbioshields' - belts of coastal trees - offer protection from tsunami or storm surges. In fact, planting alien trees along exposed coastlines will do more harm than good, by destroying local ecosystems, displacing people and taking money away from more effective coastal defense projects, according to the scientists. In the wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami that...

2009-12-17 14:53:00

ATLANTA, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Five years after the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Habitat for Humanity has assisted more than 22,500 families in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091217/CL28135 ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050501/NYSU020LOGO ) Emerging Stronger: Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, a report released by Habitat, outlines how the organization mobilized donors, partners,...

2009-12-16 07:55:00

For most of a decade, scientists have documented unfelt and slow-moving seismic events, called episodic tremor and slip, showing up in regular cycles under the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state and Vancouver Island in British Columbia. They last three weeks on average and release as much energy as a magnitude 6.5 earthquake. Now scientists have discovered more small events, lasting one to 70 hours, which occur in somewhat regular patterns during the 15-month intervals between episodic...

2009-12-15 07:30:00

American Red Cross tsunami recovery program to finish in 2010 WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 230,000 people and destroyed entire communities, hundreds of thousands of houses have been rebuilt, life has returned to normal and communities are more prepared for future disasters. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) The more than 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami,...

2009-12-15 07:00:00

LONDON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters Foundation today announces the launch of a pioneering, first-of-its-kind service - The Emergency Information Service (EIS). Developed to respond to major natural disasters around the world, the new EIS will deploy expert Action-Units of journalists to scenes of major catastrophe where they will seek out, collate and disseminate life-saving information to disaster-struck populations, filling a critical gap in the chain of crisis information....

2009-11-05 09:39:46

Community-based education and awareness programs minimized the death toll from the recent Samoan tsunami, though there are still ways to improve the warning and evacuation process, according to a team of researchers that traveled to Samoa last month. The team, funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, collected data Oct. 4 through Oct. 11 to document the impacts of the 8.1 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that occurred on Sept. 29. They examined flow depths, run-up heights,...

2009-10-05 12:46:11

U.S. scientists studying the giant 2004 earthquake that caused Indian Ocean tsunamis say they've determined the quake weakened part of the San Andreas Fault. The seismologists said their findings suggest the Earth's largest earthquakes can weaken fault zones worldwide and might trigger periods of increased global seismic activity. An unusually high number of magnitude 8 earthquakes occurred worldwide in 2005 and 2006, said Rice University Associate Professor Fenglin Niu, one of the study's...

2009-08-17 15:38:19

When Apollo punished King Midas by giving him donkey ears, only the king and his barber knew. Unable to keep a secret, the barber dug a hole, whispered into it, "King Midas has donkey ears," and filled the hole. But plants sprouted from the hole, and with each passing breeze, shared the king's secret.Earth, as it turns out, has other secrets to divulge. From the pounding of the surf and the rumbling of thunder, to the gentle rustling of leaves, Earth is not a quiet planet. The key is knowing...

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