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2005-01-03 17:49:57

LONDON (AFP) -- Countries all around the Atlantic rim could be hit by killer tsunamis at any time between now and the next 10,000 years, the British government's chief scientific adviser said. Writing in the Independent on Sunday newspaper, Sir David King said danger lies in the potential collapse of one of the Canary Islands, Cumbre Vieja, "a mass of rock off the coast of La Palma," into the ocean deep. "Tsunamis caused by this would overwhelm the Canary Islands and batter the coasts of...

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2004-12-28 08:23:17

Scientists describe Sunday's devastating earthquake off the island of Sumatra as a "megathrust" - a grade reserved for the most powerful shifts in the Earth's crust. The term doesn't entirely capture the awesome power of the fourth largest earthquake since 1900, or the tsunami catastrophes it spawned for coastal areas around the Indian Ocean. Despite its awesome power, the quake itself was not much of a surprise, scientists said Monday. Sumatra is one of the most earthquake-prone places in...


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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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