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There was no significant damage to the facilities at Diego Garcia, not because of the PTWC bulletin, but because of favorable ocean topography and the location of military facilities on the atoll. Diego Garcia is located west of the Chagos Trench, which plunges to depths of more than 5,000 meters -- one of the deepest areas of the Indian Ocean. The depth of the trench and the grade to the shores of the atoll does not allow tsunamis to build up to great height in that area. As a result, the tsunami manifest itself on Diego Garcia as a tidal surge estimated at less than two meters.
Most U.S. military facilities are situated on the northwest portion of the horseshoe-shaped atoll. The tsunami, approaching from the east, hit the uninhabited eastern arm of the horseshoe, causing some beach erosion and minor debris build-up, but no significant damage to military facilities.
Originally posted by MattMarriott
There is no secret about the rest - at least for those reading the russian state news agency - see news from today here:
Originally posted by curme
There was some cool fish and stuff washed up onto shore. I mean some really bizarre stuff!
Originally posted by rancid1
Ewhhhh I'm telling on you! You're not suppose to be on the ocean side of the island only the lagoon.