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Quake and Tsunami Devastate South Asia

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the thats-never-good dept.

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pfb writes "From reuters, 'The world's fifth-largest quake in a century has hit southern Asia, triggering a speeding tsunami that crashed into Sri Lanka and India, drowning hundreds, and swamping tourist islands in Thailand and the Maldives.'"

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In.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184742)

In south korea, tsunamis are only for old people

Re:In.... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184778)

Wow, are the mods angry that they didn't get their inflatable sheep doll? Yay for modding the first post as redundant

Re:In.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184808)

It's redundant because the joke has been said probably hundreds of times and everyone has heard it. Not only that, but it should have been modded down anyway for being in bad taste.

Incorrect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184812)

Redundant only applies to posts in the current story.

Arthur C. Clarke? (0, Redundant)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184744)


Doesn't Arthur C. Clarke live in Sri Lanka? Didn't find much Googling quickly...

Re:Arthur C. Clarke? (5, Informative)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184762)

Yes, he lives in Colombo [hazardous.com]. As you can see from the picture, he is on the coast. I hope he is all right. :(

Re:Arthur C. Clarke? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184807)

That's what the fucker gets for living with the slant-eyes.

Re:Arthur C. Clarke? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184818)

Well, he does get easy access to all the 12 year old boys and ladyboys he wants this way.

Re:Arthur C. Clarke? (4, Informative)

Phosphor3k (542747) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184815)

From CNN's article on the subject:
Sri Lankan officials imposed a curfew as night fell, and tourists were being evacuated from the eastern coasts to the capital, Colombo, unaffected on the west coast.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/26/asia .quake/index.html

Re:Arthur C. Clarke? (1)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184891)


Ah, thanks. I knew I had read that but I didn't really retain it to make the connection once I learned where Clarke lived. Good stuff.

Hope they're all right.. (2)

priestx (822223) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184747)

Wow this is pretty major. Unpredictable or overlooked? At any rate I ghope they're ok.

Not unpredictable, but probably unavoidable. (5, Interesting)

Altima(BoB) (602987) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184804)

Actually only the preceeding earthquake is unpredictable. When you know where the epicenter of the earthquake is and the topography and makeup of the ocean floor, you can see where the resulting tsunamis (if any are created) will hit hardest.

Unfortunately, you don't have much time between the quake and the tsunami hitting. I hear if Canary Island (The one ready to fall into the sea and wipe out the east coast) would cause a tsunami that could travel across the Atlantic Ocean in 45 minutes, and I read on the BBC that this most recent tsunami was going 2,000km/h, which seems to be roughly the same speed. Mind boggling though.

Also hurting any warning effort is how do you get a mass warning out to places like Sri Lanka? There's no mass media infrastructure and only the minimum of transport infrastructure. I suppose part of this tragedy is how unavoidable it was in these nations' current states. Only Japan has invested any significant amount of money in Tsunami warning systems.

Re:Not unpredictable, but probably unavoidable. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184827)

Japan has the infrastructure because they know they need it - the pacific rim is much more active causing more of these things. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it is exactly this scarcity that caused the recent quake to be so enormous.

Re:Not unpredictable, but probably unavoidable. (1)

Rob Carr (780861) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184840)

I hear if Canary Island (The one ready to fall into the sea and wipe out the east coast) would cause a tsunami that could travel across the Atlantic Ocean in 45 minutes, and I read on the BBC that this most recent tsunami was going 2,000km/h, which seems to be roughly the same speed.

Nah. 500 mph seems to be a bout top speed quoted on the net. That's only about 800 kph - and Sri Lanka is about 1000 miles from the epicenter. There was time. Not much, and apparently not enough.

Re:Not unpredictable, but probably unavoidable. (4, Interesting)

Xenna (37238) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184844)

Every country on earth has radio and TV, if you call them and let them broadcast a warning it will be heard. Hell, many people (tourists, expats) watch CNN via satellite so even that might work.

OTOH I don't think Tsunami's are a common event in this region so no one is prepared. If these things travel as fast as they say you're pretty much SOL.

I heard that in Krabi (Thailand) people notice the sea withdrawing uncharacteristically about 5 minutes before the first wave hit. Anyone can explain that?

Re:Not unpredictable, but probably unavoidable. (4, Interesting)

Rob Carr (780861) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184867)

I heard that in Krabi (Thailand) people notice the sea withdrawing uncharacteristically about 5 minutes before the first wave hit. Anyone can explain that?

As the wave approaches shore, the speed changes and the amplitude increases markedly. The water had to come from somewhere - as the wave approaches, the "tide" appears to pull back - but it will be replaced.

There's a Japanese story (don't know if it's true or a legend) about a man near his grainery on a hill who saw the water rushing out. The only way to warn the people below was to set fire to his grainery. Everyone came running to put the fire out....

Re:Not unpredictable, but probably unavoidable. (1)

Xenna (37238) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184910)

Thanks, I'll try to remember that next time I'm on a beach. I have been in Krabi and Phuket/Patong so it feels close to home in a way.

I remember thinking about sudden huge waves while lying on beaches and how long it would take before you realized something was wrong.

Only this year in the South of France a sudden change in the weather killed 3 bathers right in front of our apartment. :(

Best be careful out there.

Geez.... (5, Interesting)

bugbeak (711163) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184748)

...set off by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake...

Windows in JAKARTA, Indonesia, were rattling, and some even broke. And that is a 2-3 hour flight away from the epicenter!

Re:Geez.... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184853)

Good, maybe the tsunami ate up a bunch of the fucking techies that took my job over here in America. Maybe I'll get it back.

Difficult to detect / prevent (4, Insightful)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184749)

Tsunamis are notoriously difficult to detect, as they remain underwater until approaching the shore; also, the wavelength is in the order of kilometers, so it's very hard to track. However, I'm surprised earthquake detectors could were not used to evacuate people along the coast. A devastating loss of life is the result of such incompetence/inability.

Re:Difficult to detect / prevent (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184777)

A BBC World report said that this sort of warning might be available in the Pacific where such things are more common but is not (yet?) set up for the Indian Ocean.

Re:Difficult to detect / prevent (2, Interesting)

danamania (540950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184788)

They also have the ability to travel terrifically long distances. Sumatra to India isn't a small stretch, even if they're relative neighbours.

What I'd like to know is - did the wave reach the east coast of Africa? Madagascar? did the Seychelles feel any of the effect? It was only this year a BBC documentary about tsunamis indicated they could easily travel across the largest oceans, but there hasn't been any news of African flooding.

Re:Difficult to detect / prevent (4, Interesting)

Teun (17872) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184861)

Tsunamis travel at about 950 km/h, that's about the speed of a high altitude jetliner!

As these events are rare around this part of the world there has so far not been a need to set up a warning system.

Is there even enough time to react? (3, Insightful)

Moskie (620227) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184805)

What kind of time delay are we talking about between when the earthquake strikes and when the tsunami forms/hits the coast? I always imagined it was something very short, somewhere near a few minutes.

What could be done in that short amount of time, exactly?

Re:Is there even enough time to react? (4, Insightful)

Rob Carr (780861) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184823)

What kind of time delay are we talking about between when the earthquake strikes and when the tsunami forms/hits the coast? In deep water, a tsunami goes about 500 mph. Not much time for folks in Sumatra, but the people of Sri Lanka might have been warned.

As near as I can figure out, all the tsunami warning efforts are focused on the Pacific rim. There simply aren't enough tsunamis elsewhere to make it worth the effort. Or at least so the theory went.

Why someone with a seismograph didn't look at the 8.9, look at a map, see the Indian ocean and go "Ya know, maybe we should warn someone" is beyond me. I guess 2 hours isn't that long when you don't have set procedures in place. Still....

Re:Difficult to detect / prevent (2, Insightful)

enosys (705759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184832)

Yes, they're difficult to detect over deep water. However, the earthquake was obvious enough and one should assume that there may be a tsunami after a quake like that. There should have been some kind of warning.

Maybe some of the countries didn't have any sort of tsunami warning system. The west coast of USA and Canada has the NOAA West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center [wcatwc.gov].

Re:Difficult to detect / prevent (3, Informative)

d_strand (674412) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184847)

You're beeing a bit harsh. These waves travel hundreds of kph/mph so any warning will only give you a few minutes, at most maybe an hour. All countries in the region are poor and not very well developed so they cant afford the types of systems you're talking about. Mostly they rely on western countries for warnings and the timings are very tight.

A warning system should really be installed along the american southeast coast. The mountains/ocean shelves on several islands of the european/north african coast are extremely close to colapsing into the atlantic which would send enormous tsunamis towards USA. USA, as opposed to the countries struck today, can afford the systems...

going back to hoping my neighbours made it... they're on vacation in Phuket

Re:Difficult to detect / prevent (1)

FRiC (416091) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184915)

Sorry, but Phuket got hit pretty bad. Right now (11 PM local time) the TV is showing the damage from Phuket, and people are calling in to the TV station reporting names of the deceased.

Re:Difficult to detect / prevent (1)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184916)

I don't think I am. We're talking about thousands of dead people because there was no system in place to potentially avert or lessen the impact of such a disaster. Instead of making excuses like you and others seem to be, you should instead be concentrating on what COULD HAVE been done and what SHOULD be done in the future. Even if one life is saved as a result of such a system, then it is successful. I understand that funding and related politics may hinder such a warning system, but feel it is in the interest of those countries - as well as humanity in general - to take every step to lessen the impact of such disasters.

Re:Difficult to detect / prevent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184870)

There are no detectors for Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. Unlike in the Pacific (where detectors exist), a tsunami in this area are quite rare.

How's A.C. Clarke doing? (0, Redundant)

tuoppi (415801) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184752)

I don't remember exactly where A.C. Clarke is living, but it was at Sri Lanka - and in those videos I've seen, he's always walking on the beach.

Makes me wonder if the old guy is still around.

Re:How's A.C. Clarke doing? (0, Offtopic)

bcmm (768152) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184802)

Couldn't you think of anything else to say about this disaster?
And anway, Colombo is exactly on the wrong side of the island to be badly hit (assuming the quake was centered somewhere to the east of Sri Lanka (well the Maldives were hit).

Re:How's A.C. Clarke doing? (1)

Rotund Prickpull (818980) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184841)

Couldn't you think of anything else to say about this disaster?
Which part of "News for Nerds" do you not understand?

Stuff that matters (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184753)

'The world's fifth-largest quake in a century has hit southern Asia, triggering a speeding tsunami that crashed into Sri Lanka and India, drowning hundreds, and swamping tourist islands in Thailand and the Maldives.'

Yes, but does it run Linux?

Re:Stuff that matters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184799)

Troll my ass. Many people reading this story immediately recognize that this is one of the many terrible events to happen in the world that isn't "geek news". We read other sites too.

Re:Stuff that matters (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184820)

They probably confused "geek" with "gook".

This is Geek news? (-1, Flamebait)

Loco3KGT (141999) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184757)

Or did I click cnn.com?

Re:This is Geek news? (5, Insightful)

s3pHiRoTh (774161) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184773)

I guess the news here are supposed to be stuff that matters. This matters.

Re:This is Geek news? (1)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184785)

Not only that, geologists and such people can also be nerds. Seeing how this event is record-setting - in terms of magnitude - and also given the huge loss of life, it is apt, IMO.

Re:This is Geek news? (2, Funny)

cybergrue (696844) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184855)

A good friend of mine, and fellow slashdotter (Viduliya (39839)) is currently in Sri Lanka getting married. If he's OK, I'll joke with him about his earth shaking honeymoon when he gets back.

Re:This is Geek news? (0, Flamebait)

Kerstyun (832278) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184871)

I guess the news here are supposed to be stuff that matters. This matters.
Not to me it don't. Well, mabe it'll stop those pagen tranvestites stealing our jobs. Outsource that, you shity yellow asshats.

Re:This is Geek news? Well ... (3, Interesting)

Ralconte (599174) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184797)

Geeks who were online found out about it pretty quickly. I heard about it on Fark. :P People in fishing villages and vacation sites my have missed the info, to their peril.

If you need a tech discussion, here's one, "How can you get the info to the people who needed it?"

Once the earthquake hit with a sea floor epicenter, everyone with a web browser knew a tsunami was going to hit somewhere. Again, no way to tell the people who needed the information. Seemed like the only thing we could do was just wait for news of further death.

Re:This is Geek news? Well ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184828)

In Hawaii, they have a system of warning sirens [noaa.gov] along the coast to warn people of tsunamis. Such a system ought to be more widely deployed in earthquake-prone regions.

Re:This is Geek news? (0, Flamebait)

moonbender (547943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184816)

Well, Slashdot does post major event stories from time to time - in fact they make up a large part of the hall of fame [slashdot.org]. They typically deal with events that are related to the US, despite the fact that a significant part of the readership isn't American. Considering how the story summary is one order of magnitude off - many thousands, not hundreds died - this certainly is a major story and I don't mind seeing it on Slashdot.

On the other hand, why post this when you didn't report on the earthquake in Turkey, or the one in Iran about a year ago, etc? I guess it's because Sundays are slow news days.

My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184759)

..they're like, "its better than yours."

What about Indonesia? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184763)

The quake was centered in Summara, an island in Indonesia. I bet that they got the brunt of this thing, so their loss should warrant mention too, I think.

What's more, I hope that we in the first world waste no time getting aid over there. A lot of those countries lack the resources to deal with a tragedy on this scale.

Re:What about Indonesia? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184896)

The quake was centered in Summara, an island in Indonesia. I bet that they got the brunt of this thing, so their loss should warrant mention too, I think.

bet ? I hope they bear the brunt of it. Why should the Thais and Sri Lankans have to suffer for what was obviously punishment for the Indonesians sent by God?

Video game? (-1)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184771)

At first glance, I thought this was about some new video game release!

Mod parent down! (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184819)

That's pretty tasteless really, this is a major disaster and people have died.

Pay some attention to the real world.

Re:Mod parent down! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184864)

ah yes, the moral clarity.
hello baghdad.
how many would you like to kill today?

Re:Mod parent down! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184869)

Hey, we have to deal with outsourcing - they have to deal with tsunamis and earthquakes. Just like everyone says when an american complains about losing their job "tough - get over it - - move somewhere else that you are more viable".

Brother vacationing Thailand... (5, Informative)

RefuX (315582) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184774)

Yeah my brother and wife (John and Brigette) are currently in Thailand and were planning to dive today... unfortunatly I have no idea where in Thailand they are....

He hasn't cotacted me yet, but even if he wanted to I doubt he could.

Fingers crossed!

p.s. The British Foreign office have set up an emergency help line: 0207 008 0000, I havn't been able to get through yet, its really busy.

Re:Brother vacationing Thailand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184899)

I lend you my fingers.

Re:Brother vacationing Thailand... (1)

BigJim.fr (40893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184907)

My cousin is currently on Koh-Phangan Island, but it is on the northern coast of Thailand and the wave hit the southern coast. More information : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4125 847.stm

Can you imagine what kind of damage.... (-1, Troll)

trveler (214816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184776)

Can you just imagine what kind of damage would be caused by Unreal Tournament?

The Game (-1, Offtopic)

Forezt (769932) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184782)

Did anyone else here think that the article was going to be about the game quake?!

Quake Coordinates (1)

Shag (3737) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184790)

According to the helpful earthquake hazard folks over at USGS [usgs.gov], the epicenter coordinates were 3.30 N 95.78 E, with a depth of about 10km. There are quite a lot of other entries in that region since, some or all of which may be aftershocks.

(A friend in Madras mentioned the quake as soon as he felt it; I've since seen the estimates go from 650 dead to 1500, 3000, 4500, 6300, and now 7000.)

This isn't news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184792)

After all it is only thousands of "little brown people".Not Princess Diana or anybody important.
The real story is hoe BUSH stole the election in Ohio through electronic voting fraud and that Kerry is the real President!

How long until we blame America (-1, Flamebait)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184800)

Fark picked this up and it has already become a blame America flame fest ~ how long until the same here on Slashdot. Come on, surely someone can tell me how this is America's fault?

It's not America's fault (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184831)

But it is yours, you stupid fuck

Re:How long until we blame America (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184850)

Well, instead of caring about the thousands of people who have died you seem to think your nationalistic pride is more important. Am I flaming hard enough?

btw, those flames started after some of your countrymen stated that they didn't give a flying fuck because those people were on the other side of the planet.

now, shut up and donate, it's the least (and only thing?) you can do.

Re:How long until we blame America (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184872)

Sure thing. Which India outsourced company can we use for donations through?

Re:How long until we blame America (1, Funny)

fbjon (692006) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184852)

Let me try...

[flame class="ignorant bashing"] Since there are now more than twice the casualties in a single event compare to 9/11, shouldn't we start a War on Tsunamis now? [/flame]

Oh, STFU (-1)

SalsaDoom (14830) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184868)

America is blamed for a lot of things because if you did a little research into things you would find that your beloved country is responsible for a hell of a lot of suffering in the world. This obviously isn't one of them, of course. What I'm saying is, America -is- responsible for a lot of evil stuff that happens in the world, either directly or though one of the dictators it installed/supported.

Thats why US is the worlds most hated country, and why you get blamed for shit all the time.

You voted from Bush right? pbb..

--SD

Re:How long until we blame America (-1, Troll)

Saven Marek (739395) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184912)

I know it is an unpopular view and I will be immediately marked down for saying so, but I believe this is an act of a higher power.

When you look at it Islam Buddhist Hindu were the one's that suffered, all non christians in non christian nations. And on one of Christianity's more holy of days. Now you could say this is just a one off? a coincidence? What about Christmas in 2003. Same day to the year 40,000 killed in Bam in Iran. Again a non christian nation made to suffer at the hand of a higher power on Christianity's day.

And in 2002 same day exactly to the year also Japan suffered a large quake killing hundreds more non christians. Three in a row is just too many to ignore or leave up to chance. Which non christian nation to be struck on Christmas 2005?

Punishment for non believers and 9/11 I think?

Hot Anime Gallery's [sharkfire.net]

Video? (1)

Macfox (50100) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184801)

Does anyone have links to videos of the event?

Tried Reuters, but there's not much to see.

Welll..... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184809)

Surf's Up!

6300 dead at 15:13 GMT (5, Informative)

fbjon (692006) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184821)

And it was around 3200 just a few hours ago. Here's the Reuters [reuters.co.uk] article. Watching BBC world, it appears that some northern areas of Sumatra still can't be reached, and the situation there is unknown. Here's a map of the affected area. [bbc.co.uk]

It seems that a displacement in the sea bottom ocurred, moving 10-30 metres up along a rupture of 1000 km, causing a wave of hundreds of cubic kilometres of ocean water [bbc.co.uk].

Re:6300 dead at 15:13 GMT (1)

maximilln (654768) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184874)

That's a big effing wave. Just thinking about the amount of energy of all of that water swirling backwards from the original fault, along the sea floor, that entire way...

whew.

err... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184829)

this is Usama's doing, you KNOW IT. Get with the program you lazy pink commie liberals.

IF IT WAS IN THE USA LIBS WOULD CELEBRATE (0, Flamebait)

rqqrtnb (753156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184838)

libs would be popping champagne bottles and passing out cigars like they did on 9/11

I feel for them (-1, Flamebait)

finkployd (12902) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184843)

Quake devastated my social life my first year of college.

Finkployd

Re:I feel for them (1)

nativespeaker (797751) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184887)

Quake devastated my social life my first year of college.

Ha ha. Hilarious. Now do one about the AIDS epidemic.

Re:I feel for them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184909)

AIDS is not an epidemic, it's a cure.

It will be funny soon if... (1)

cloricus (691063) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184908)

...These quakes don't continue. We had a 8.3 down south of Taz (Australia) a few days ago and it is on the same plate. Got me slightly worried that there will be another bigger one. If not this post will probably be funny in a day or so.

Software support? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184845)

I wonder how the call centers will be on Monday morning? Yeah, I'm working... My CAD package is supported out of India.

Quake center was also religious nut HQ of SE Asia (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184854)

To all those crazy fucks living in Aceh: Where's Allah now?

I suppose they'll find a way to call this a "martyrdom operation of 10,000 fishermen and villagers".

Tech that would help? (1)

aynrandfan (687181) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184860)

I have to ponder as to what kinds of technology could have made the impact from this disaster less horrendous than it was. Better monitoring for earthquakes, better medical care and better building materials for houses and such are some immediate things, although the latter two has more to do with socio-economic status than anything else.

I'm thinking of keeping things relatively cheap, yet as functional as possible.

Full Moon (5, Interesting)

Shag (3737) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184862)

Of course, this all happening at full moon will probably fuel the people who study [indiana.edu] whether the gravitational pull of the sun and moon impacts the occurrence of earthquakes like it does tides.

Re:Full Moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184880)

given that earthquakes has a tendency to surface in the media at Christmas time, I'd say it's much more likely to be Santa's fault than soggy moonboots. I'm sure the University of Tampere can fill us in on that.

Or perhaps it's just the media.

GOD PUNISHING ISLAM? (-1, Troll)

rqqrtnb (753156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184863)

no doubt.

Re:GOD PUNISHING ISLAM? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184919)

Except 80% of Indians are Hindu... and 70% of Sri Lankans are buddhists.

Energy release (5, Interesting)

SteveAstro (209000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184866)

Can anyone put some kind of comparision between the energy release here and the energy release of the prospective planet impactor 2004MN4 ? It would help to put things into scale, if not perspective.

If MN4 were to hit, estimated release is 450-2000 MT of TNT, so how does a Richter 8.9 compare.

Steve

I live in Penang, Malaysia (4, Interesting)

Xpilot (117961) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184875)

I'm on an island right next to Sumatra (relatively), and there were huge tsunami's hitting us too. The last I heard 15 people died in the floods. It's not as bad as what people in Sri Lanka and India experienced, but still...

My mom felt the quake at around 9, I didn't notice anything though. I'm very thankful Malaysia is relatively safe from quakes, but I feel so sorry for all who were affected.

Has anyone done a comparison (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184882)

...between this earthquake and the possible energy released if that asteroid discovered a few days ago actually hits the earth? It would give some basis of comparison between such events.

From the shores of Chennai India (5, Insightful)

ashwinds (743227) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184890)

I live quiet close to the shore in Besant Nagar- we got off easy - but it was awesome (not as in exciting but leave your mouth open gaping awesome) to see the sea swell up and eat up the shoreline. I was just driving past and saw a boat go up and down about 20-30 feet from the road!! I parked the car, grabbed the camera - but by then the sea had receded - but that was enough to cause serious damage to the hutments close to the sea. We had mild tremor to start the day - barely noticeable at around 6.30 AM - i looked up the internet and found Tibet post of USGS registering a 8.9 quake at Sumatra -looking at the map I thought to myself - all thats in the line between Sumatra and Chennai is the sea (and of course teeny weeny Andaman). Went out for Breakfast and on my return - this. Its unforgettable and cannot be described. Most of India's coast is devastated - I hear Sri Lanka, Maldives etc are pretty bad too. The Quake here was nothing - a mild shake at best - but the Tsunami that followed was something else Apologies for the verbose post - but I am struggling for words to tell what happened.

So does this mean... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11184895)

that we'll get some jobs back in the good ol' USA? That'll teach 'em to offshore...

THANK YOU SANTA, YOU GOT MY LETTER! (-1, Troll)

rqqrtnb (753156) | more than 9 years ago | (#11184917)


BUT I ASKED FOR 5000 DEAD SLANT EYED MUSLIMS!

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
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