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2008-12-27 12:52:46

Scientists say they're gaining insight into climate change from rapidly recovering tsunami-damaged coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Even some reefs badly damaged four years ago in a massive tsunami are showing a rapid growth of young coral, said the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. This is a great story of ecosystem resilience and recovery, said Stuart Campbell, a spokesman for the society's Indonesia marine program. The recovery has been aided by communities that have abandoned...

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2008-12-11 15:35:00

Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as...

2008-12-11 09:24:39

In the last few years there has been a growing number of documented cases in which large earthquakes set off unfelt tremors in earthquake faults hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of miles away.New research shows that the great Indian Ocean earthquake that struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on the day after Christmas in 2004 set off such tremors nearly 9,000 miles away in the San Andreas fault at Parkfield, Calif."We found that an earthquake that happened halfway around the world...

2008-12-03 13:31:33

Recent seismic activity not enough to release strain in the area's subduction zone, the researchers report in the journal NatureThe subduction zone that brought us the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and tsunami is ripe for yet another large event, despite a sequence of quakes that occurred in the Mentawai Islands area in 2007, according to a group of earthquake researchers led by scientists from the Tectonics Observatory at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)."From what we saw,"...

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2008-11-10 14:03:47

The newly implemented Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean, GITEWS, goes into operation today and with this, the system enters its final phase of optimization. As foreseen, the system was officially handed over to the BMKG (Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia) by the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, slightly less than four years after the catastrophe of 2004. "We are very pleased to put the Tsunami...

2008-11-03 12:00:19

A Thai-led international team of geologists said it has found evidence of tsunamis occurring in the Indian Ocean long before the devastating tsunami of 2004. Kruawun Jankaew of Chulalongkorn University led the team that said it found evidence of tsunamis repeatedly washing over the Thai barrier island of Phra Thong during the last 2,800 years, the most recent about 550 to 700 years ago. A second team found similar evidence of previous tsunamis that occurred during the last 1,200 years in...

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2008-10-30 08:35:00

Geologists have dug deep enough to find that a mega-tsunami hit southeast Asia 700 years ago rivaling the deadly one in 2004. Two teams of geologists found sedimentary evidence in coastal marshes in Thailand and Sumatra. At both sites, there was evidence of sediment laid down by a large tsunami between 600 and 700 years ago, pre-dating written and oral records. "Tsunamis are something we never experienced before and after 2004, people thought it was something we would never experience...

2008-08-04 18:01:03

By Joshua Norman COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - It was morning when the water unexpectedly rose and rushed ashore, destroying nearly everything in its path. The human toll was inexplicable and fears of a mass mental health crisis were profound. Those are just some of the many similarities between the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While the number of victims was vastly larger in Asia - more than 250,000 people were killed in the tsunami; 1,836 were confirmed dead with...

2008-07-31 09:01:25

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka _ It was morning when the water unexpectedly rose and rushed ashore, destroying nearly everything in its path. The human toll was inexplicable and fears of a mass mental health crisis were profound. Those are just some of the many similarities between the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While the number of victims was much larger in Asia _ more than 250,000 people were killed in the tsunami _ the aftermath presented comparable challenges. In...

2008-07-23 18:00:36

HE'S famous for his middle-of-the-road, wholesome style ... but these amazing pictures show James Blunt letting his hair down like a rock rebel. The 34-year-old singer, a favourite with grannies, kicked over the traces on a luxury yacht with a bevy of stunning bikini girls. James, who had a hit with You're Beautiful, laughed and frolicked with his shapely crew off the Balearic island of Formentera. The former Household Cavalry officer has been single since splitting with Czech...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.