Death Toll Tops 11,300 After Asian Quake, Tsunami

#1
Incredible. :(





COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - One of the most powerful earthquakes in history hit Asia Sunday, unleashing a tsunami which devastated coastal areas of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and tourist isles in Thailand, killing more than 11,300 people.

The tsunami, a menacing wall of water, wreaked death, chaos and destruction across southern Asia. Up to 30 feet high, the tsunami was triggered by an 8.9 magnitude underwater earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra.


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=564&ncid=564&e=1&u=/nm/20041226/ts_nm/quake_dc_34
 
#2
Wonder if it could be steered to Scotland :D
 
#3
The bizarre thing is that the tsunami was more destructive that the earthquake which triggered it. It reminded me of a TV documentary not long ago claiming that the Canary Islands are due to have a bit of a seismic eruption which will cause a huge tidal wave which has the potential to virtually wipe out the east coast of America.

http://www.rense.com/general13/tidal.htm

Luckily enough it may not happen for about 1000 yrs or so.
 
#4
The tsunami, a menacing wall of water, wreaked death, chaos and destruction across southern Asia.
"menacing wall of water" :?: :roll:

As opposed to a stationary, free standing, benign wall of water that causes no damage?

Journos. Knobbers.
 
#5
PoisonDwarf said:
The bizarre thing is that the tsunami was more destructive that the earthquake which triggered it. It reminded me of a TV documentary not long ago claiming that the Canary Islands are due to have a bit of a seismic eruption which will cause a huge tidal wave which has the potential to virtually wipe out the east coast of America.

http://www.rense.com/general13/tidal.htm

Luckily enough it may not happen for about 1000 yrs or so.
I saw that too.

I also have family on holiday near the quake. Thai coast apparently. We've not heard back yet but they are probably fine.
 
#6
PoisonDwarf said:
The bizarre thing is that the tsunami was more destructive that the earthquake which triggered it. It reminded me of a TV documentary not long ago claiming that the Canary Islands are due to have a bit of a seismic eruption which will cause a huge tidal wave which has the potential to virtually wipe out the east coast of America.

http://www.rense.com/general13/tidal.htm

Luckily enough it may not happen for about 1000 yrs or so.
Aw, can't we trigger it now. I can't wait another thousand years :twisted: :twisted:
 
#12
All joking aside, it shows the awsome power of nature. Makes one feel rather insignificant. We hope the toll is over estimated and does not increase.
 
#16
Now casualties reported in Somalia.

I'd have thought the energy would have dissapted by the time it got to the African coast , anyone with a scientific bent to explain why it hasn't?
 
#17
Latest news is 26,000+ dead including at least 11 British Nationals.
A family of five from England are missing.
Bad news all round.
 
#18
PartTimePongo said:
Now casualties reported in Somalia.

I'd have thought the energy would have dissapted by the time it got to the African coast , anyone with a scientific bent to explain why it hasn't?
In this case waves are very efficient at carrying energy. In deep water Tsunami are very fast and only a few inches tall. As they approach the coast there is less water column to spread the energy through so the wave "piles up" and slows down. This form of wave is less efficient but it doesnt have to travel far.

The point about the waves being more energetic than the earthquake is a bit of a red herring I'm afraid. The Richter scale is logarithmic so this quake is now rated as a 9. Thats 10x10x10x10 more energy than a 5.0. 5.0 is a fairly decent sized quake in terms of destructive capacity but its really governed by proximity to population centres and the depth of the event. The waves do a really good job of focussing the energy release in places where people are and thus are apparently more dangerous than the quake itself.

More info here......check out the comparison table down in the long answer for equivalence totonnes of TNT.
http://www.seismo.unr.edu/ftp/pub/louie/class/100/magnitude.html
 
#19
23,700 reported as of 2100 tonight according to Sky news.

15 brits :(

(all figures expected to rise as comms are restored)
 
#20
Its hit areas of the Far East coast I have been to a number of times, seeing places I know engulfed in water is sickening.

Ironically I can remember walking on a Thai beach last year thinking "we would be f**ked if this hotel was hit by a tsunami," now I know.

Trotsky :(
 

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