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NEWS: 9.0 Quake, Tsunamis Strike SE Asia - 275,000+ Dead

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posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 07:10 AM
I bet this doesn't receive as much press attention as 9/11 either... even with this huge eathquake activity and ever-rising death toll

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 07:18 AM
Has anyone else noticed that this earthquake is exactly one year after the Iran earthquake? What are the odds of that happening? - Frantic search for quake survivors - Dec. 26, 2003

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 07:19 AM
Eeeek, that is very odd. Good catch dbates. Hmmmm yearly stresses on the plates?

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 07:28 AM
Wow, last reports had an estimated 20,000 dead, with that figure expected to rise. Some of the video footage was scary to say the least. Can you imagine sunbathing on a beach and then seeing a 30 foot tall wall of water coming at you???
Hundreds of villages, and dozens of towns just got wiped off the map!

You know what's worse? This wasn't even the TOP story on my local newscast...!!! They instead focused on our cold weather (cold for Florida, downright toasty for folks up north, we had a low of 45...

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 07:45 AM
The evacutaion flights out to Bangkok are just starting now. Appeals are being made in Bangkok for shoes and clothes. Seems like there are thousands of tourists or all nationalities who have lost everything, even their shoes. It's night now and there is a strange stench beginning to permeate the entire area. There is an entire marina where sunseekers have moored their boats. At this time of the year, they are always occupied. I saw NO boats. NO marina. NOTHING but 2 feet of mud. The toll will rise pretty swiftly.

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 07:45 AM
almost 22,000 at this point with thousands Unaccounted for this could get to 30,000 its looking worse by the minit. My heart goes out to these countrys .

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 08:23 AM
Death toll estimates by authorities(not confirmed)

Sri Lanka: 20,000
Indonesia: 10,000
India: 10,000
Thailand: 2000
Somali: Hundreds

[edit on 27-12-2004 by Indigo_Child]

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 08:28 AM
Don't know what to say about this story

CUDDALORE, India - The couple laid the body of their daughter in the pit and watched as a bulldozer poured sand over her and she disappeared from their view forever. They then stepped aside for others to bury their children, denied any chance for a service or private mourning.

In a scene repeated dozens of times across India's battered southeastern coast on Monday, weeping and red-eyed parents in Cuddalore held a mass burial for more than 150 children who died in the killer tidal wave.


posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 08:32 AM
Following is a list of the strongest earthquakes in recent history:

1. May 22, 1960, magnitude-9.5, Chile.

2. March 28, 1964, magnitude-9.2, Prince William Sound, Alaska.

3. March 9, 1957, magnitude-9.1, Andreanof Islands, Alaska.

4. Dec. 26, 2004, magnitude-9.0, Sumatra, Indonesia.

4. Nov. 4, 1952, magnitude-9.0, Kamchatka peninsula, Soviet Union (now Russia).

6. Jan. 31, 1906, magnitude-8.8, off the coast of Ecuador.

7. Feb. 4, 1965, magnitude-8.7, Rat Islands, Alaska.

8. Aug. 15, 1950, magnitude-8.6, Tibet.

9. Feb. 3, 1923, magnitude-8.5, Kamchatka.

9. Feb. 1, 1938, magnitude-8.5, Banda Sea, Indonesia.

9. Oct. 13, 1963, magnitude-8.5, Kuril Islands.


posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 08:47 AM
See above! There has always been and always be, large quakes! Sooner or later there will be one here in the US, it's just a matter of time. it does not equate to any end times......all those poor people! All the children and animals. Heartbreaking!

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 09:06 AM
This is a few hours ago, but it is a third location to be hit:
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake IN MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES has occurred at:
6.31N 126.85E Depth 95km Sun Dec 26 20:50:31 2004 UTC

And this JUST in:
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake IN NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA has occurred at:
4.78N 95.12E Depth 10km Mon Dec 27 10:05:00 2004 UTC

Could someone knowledgeable in quakes tell us the difference between a quake and an aftershock? I'm usre it has been told here before, but might be nice to have in light of this disaster.

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 09:09 AM
Im not an expert, but here is some stuff from the USGS site:

The devastating megathrust earthquake of December 26th, 2004 occurred on the interface of the India and Burma plates and was cause by the release of stresses that develop as the India plate subducts beneath the overriding Burma plate. The India plate begins its decent into the mantle at the Sunda trench which lies to the west of the earthquake's epicenter. The trench is the surface expression of the India-Burma plate interface.
The tectonics of the region is complex and involves the interaction of the Australian, Sunda and Eurasian plates in addition to the India and Burma plate. The India and Australia plates move northeastwards at a rate of about 6 cm/year relative to the Burma plate. This results in oblique convergence at the Sunda trench. Some of this oblique motion is accommodated on the right-lateral transform faults and rifts that separate the Burma and Sunda plates.

Preliminary locations of larger aftershocks following the megathrust earthquake show that approximately 1000 km of the plate boundary slipped as a result of the earthquake. Aftershocks are distributed along much of the shallow plate interface and primarily extend northwards of the epicenter to the Andaman Islands.

The worlds largest recorded earthquakes were all megathrust events and occur where one tectonic plate subducts beneath another. These include: the magnitude 9.5 1960 Chile earthquake, the magnitude 9.2 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska earthquake, the magnitude 9.1 1957 Andreanof, Alaska earthquake, and the magnitude 9.0 1952 Kamchatka earthquake. As with the recent event, megathrust earthquakes often generate large tsunamis that can cause damage over a much wider area than is directly effected by ground shaking near the earthquake's rupture

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 09:12 AM
link is reporting that at least 23,000 are feared dead. Very sad day.

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 09:22 AM

Originally posted by Thinker
The birth pain's have begun the messiah is coming.

This is so very sad. Just imagine how freaked and devastated the people are there. My prayers go out to them. Yes, many events have happened this year to signal the return of Jesus Christ. Earthquakes in diverse places.

[edit on 27-12-2004 by Blueangel7]

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 09:22 AM
As of now the 4th most destructive earthquake of the last century and the most destructive in the last 14 years.

1. 1976: Tangshan, China: 500,000 dead
2. 1923: Japan, Kanto: 142,800 dead
3. 1990: Gilan, Iran: 40,000 dead
4. 2004: Sumrata, Indonesia 30,000+ dead (current estimate)

After the total and complete deathtoll is in it will likely be the 3rd most destructive earthquake/tsunami since 1900

[edit on 27-12-2004 by Indigo_Child]

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 09:23 AM
Look at the number of large earthquakes in the last 2 months;

Magnitude 9.0 OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA December 26, 2004
Magnitude 8.1 NORTH OF MACQUARIE ISLAND December 23, 2004
Magnitude 6.8 CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION December 14, 2004
Magnitude 6.8 HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION December 06, 2004
Magnitude 7.0 HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION November 28, 2004
Magnitude 7.1 PAPUA, INDONESIA November 26, 2004
Magnitude 7.1 OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z. November 22, 2004
Magnitude 6.3 LEEWARD ISLANDS November 21, 2004
Magnitude 6.4 COSTA RICA November 20, 2004
Magnitude 7.2 NEAR THE WEST COAST OF COLOMBIA November 15, 2004
Magnitude 7.5 KEPULAUAN ALOR, INDONESIA November 11, 2004
Magnitude 6.7 SOLOMON ISLANDS November 11, 2004
Magnitude 6.9 SOLOMON ISLANDS November 09, 2004
Magnitude 6.3 TAIWAN REGION November 08, 2004
Magnitude 6.7 VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION November 02, 2004


posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 09:31 AM
Global Seismic Charts (USGS) An interesting view from various locations.

[edit on 27-12-2004 by df1]

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 10:22 AM
I watched this yesterday on BBC World News, my heart goes out to all those affected. What a monumental tragedy.

I was surfing around checking various sites to get more info, and I've actually ended up sending an email to to tell them to get a new picture for their front page.

A picture of a couple of dead kids laid out on a blanket is on their main page. TOTALLY unneccessary, TOTALLY over the top and TOTALLY Fox.

Of all the pictures they could have chosen to put on their main page and that's what they choose?


posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 10:24 AM
"Penang" is one off malaysia state ,Tsunami waves hit "Penang"(Malaysia)!.Our Malaysia local newspaper report 42 person was killed by the Tsunami waves and the waves is about 6
meter and the speed is about 700 kmh ,the latest news report At least 53 Malaysians killed by tidal waves and total life lost about 21,000+in nine countries by this Tsunamis waves .
Penang bridge is the longer bridge at asia,it structurally sound,if someone interest some information about malaysia the link are at below. .

I dont know what can i say right now ,luckly i dont live at penang
Kuala Lumpur ,Malaysia

[edit on 27-12-2004 by ethanlow]

[edit on 27-12-2004 by ethanlow]

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 10:48 AM
Interesting explanations of disaster:

An Australian seismologist said the Indo-Australian tectonic plate had shifted, triggering first the smaller earthquake off the Tasmanian coast last Thursday and then Sunday's catastrophic one.

Geoscience Australia seismologist Cvetan Sinadinovski said the initial earthquake, 700 km southeast of Hobart, might have been the catalyst for the devastating tremors to hit Indonesia, but it was not a direct cause.

There are 12 plate boundaries on earth that move around. Earthquakes take place when these plates collide.

"This earthquake in Indonesia is on the same plate as the earthquake near Tasmania. It just happened on the other side, where the Australian plate collides with the Philippine plate," Sinadinovski said.

"It is not uncommon that an earthquake on one side of a plate would trigger an earthquake on the other side," The Australian daily quoted him as saying.

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