posted on Mar, 20 2005 @ 04:30 PM
A team from the University of Ulster has claimed that a build up of stress on the same fault line that caused the December 26th Tsunami/Earthquake
last year may cause another one soon, with a magnitude of possibly 8 to 8.5 on the richter scale. They have been unable to predict when it might
happen, but cite previous examples of similar faults in Japan going through the same process as a warning that it is possible.
A build-up of stress on faults in Sumatra following the Indonesian earthquake is likely to trigger another large quake and perhaps a tsunami. That is
the claim made in Nature by a team from the University of Ulster, UK.
The slip that caused last year's devastating quake placed increased stress on the Sumatran fault and on the adjacent undersea Sunda Trench.
A new rupture could trigger a magnitude 7-7.5 quake on land and a magnitude 8-8.5 quake beneath the sea, they say.
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Whilst the jury is still out on the claims made by these Scientists, I think the region should situp and take notice of this report.
Should they dismiss it and something happen again on the scale of last years Tsunami, then this could cause untold problems around the region, both
economically and politically.
Hopefully, after last years devastation, they and other Nations like the US and Europe will prepare for any repeat, so that Human casualties can be
kept to a minimum.
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