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The Case of the Indonesian Tsunami Disaster of December 26, 2004
One of the things most overlooked at times of major disasters is the response of life to the disaster. Three hours before the earthquake, elephants in Khao Lak, the hardest hit area in
Thailand, screamed in fear. This area is hundreds of miles away from the earthquake that generated the tsunami. They trumpeted a second time an hour before the tsunami struck and moved to higher ground, even breaking chains that secured them. Hermit crabs on some of the islands in Thailand, where they live on the sandy beaches, suddenly escaped to higher ground before tha wave hit. Sri Lanka's Yala National Park was hit by surging floodwater, but there were no signs of any dead jackals, crocodiles, leopards, elephants, and deer, animals that have given the park worldwide fame. Eyewitness accounts indicate that dogs refused to go
outside, flamingos left there coastal breeding grounds, and zoo animals rushed into their shelters and would not come out. The coastal region of Cuddalore, India had thousands of human
casualities, but no buffaloes, goats, and dogs -- which are plentiful -- were found dead.
Another overlooked fact is that the responses and presence of life helped to save human life. For example, a dive boat captain saw the ocean suddenly filled with dolphins and he followed
them, escaping the wave. In San Souk, a fishing village, birds suddenly became frantic, and the villagers took notice and left, saving all 1,000 villagers. In many cases it was trees that people clung to that saved ther lives. Areas that still had their coral reefs and mangrove trees along the coast were far less devastatingly hit. Other forested areas acted as barriers
to the full force of the wave. In contrast, those areas where the corals were destroyed or the mangrove trees ripped out for hotels and aquaculture were devastated. For example, in the
Maldives more than 100 people lost their lives in a population of about 270,000, while in Phuket, with a similar-sized population the toll was 1,000. It is a well known fact that the
developed areas (i.e., areas where life was destroyed by humans) were hit the most and the hardest. See this
Innovations-report.de artilce. Meanwhile, places like Myanmar, where the mangroves remained intact, or India's state of Tamil Nadu, where there are dense stands of mangroves, suffered much fewer human casualties and property damage. These so-called "coastal greeenbelts" saved thousands of lives and lessened damage in India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Both the World Wildlife Fund and Friends of the Earth have taken note of this in many regions hit by the wave.
Another overlooked occurrence is what the aftermath scenes reveal. In most cases the tsunami wiped away plantations, aquaculture, agriculture, roads, bridges and buildings, even entire villages. Nature, on the other hand, suffered little, and will likely recover quickly, as has taken place in other disasters. For example, see these NASA, Earth Observatory
aerials of the before and after scenes of Gleebruk, Indonesia.
The bottom image is a before image of a tsunami hit area which shows a road, bridges, an aquaculture structure
(probably a shrimp farm), a planatation, and buildings (NASA, April 12, 2004). The top image, after the tsunami hit, shows that all the artifical systems and non-living structures are wiped out, including the road, bridges, the aquaculture structure, the plantation, and buildings that existed before the tsunami struck (NASA, January 2, 2005).
Another phenomena unaccounted for by present theoretical perspectives is what happened to the Earth. The earthquake that generated the tsunami was attended with a change in the Earth's
rotation, decreased the length of day, shifted the North Pole and changed the Earth's shape. These effects weren't much, but they were measured by scientists. For more see these
Universetoday.com and NASA
articles. Moreover, the Earth was ringing like a bell for weeks after the earthquake, as
reported in a Spacedaily.com
article. In The Vital Vastness it was shown that these
various phenomena are interconnected and controlled by the field system of the
Field-dynamical Earth Model (FEM). In fact, the
Sumatran quake also affected the San Andreas fault, because the field system of FEM is an integrated, worldwide whole, as discussed in the books.
What might be fear provoking is that this was
not the big one, as seismologists warn. Yet, according to NOAA satellite observations the
scares to the ocean floor can be seen from space. A full scientific overview
of this 9.0 magnitude earthquake's other attributes is provided by IRIS..
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011
The earthquake hit around the Vernal Equinox and the first quarter phase of the Moon, demonstrating the solar-lunar-Earth (FEM) linkages.
Just prior to the 9.0 magnitude earthquake an X-Class Solar Flare hit the Earth's Magnetic Field. This major earthquake was one of the fourth strongest
since 1900. Geologists did not expect a quake of such
magnitude to hit this region. Japan had been preparing for a "big one" for more than 30 years, but it was assumed that it would be the southern region,
not the north. Japan shifted east away from Korea by about 8 feet
(2.4 m.) (see also this other Physorg.com article). The Earth's
rotation sped up, shortening the length of day, while a shift in the
Earth's axis also took place around the time of the quake, as occurred with the other major earthquakes covered on this page (see also this
Discovery News article). The
before and after satellite pictures show that the devatation hit
cities, villages, airports, bridges and infrastructure -- once again destroying lifeless structures. A few villages were even completely wiped of
the Earth, and caused an estimated $300 billion and the death
toll appears to be reaching 20,000 or more. In fact, the tsunami floods mostly
hit populated areas, and even created an inland saltwater lake. In addition, six nuclear powerplants are damaged, one of which becomes a serious threat
The following few days brought more than 500 aftershocks, a number of which were above 6.0 magnitude. The spawned powerful tsunami reached as far as the
West Coasts of North and South America, and damaged property in Hawaii and California. It even destroyed an artificial -- aquaculture --
bed of scallops in Chile, which were washed away by the tsunami
that traveled thousands of miles from Japan. When looking at the pictures of the devastation in Japan, it once again shows that the non-living structures
where destroyed. In contrast, there are areas near totally wiped out villages that are lush forests and other natural habitat. As usual, animals fled the
area before the quake, and even North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-il, warns North Koreans to watch there pets for signs of an approaching earthquake. Overall,
the tsunami was more responsible for the destruction than the earthquake itself, not only in Japan, but elsewhere. In fact, the waves were an astonishing
132.5 feet (40.4 meters), the highest ever recorded.
As discussed in the web page The Unity of the Sun, Earth and Moon, earthquakes are triggered by
particle flow along Field lines; in this case the Japanese Field. One of the observations made was a sighting of an airglow above the earthquake.
Airglow waves were captured by the Illinois imaging system over Hawaii, which
just happened to be pointed in the right direction. There are now discussions about
using this understanding to make an early warning system. As could be predicted of the Field-dynamical Earth Model (FEM),
the waves were noted in the ionosphere and extensive
effects occurred in the atmsophere.
Want to read more? See these articles on tsunamis:
- Olympia was destroyed by repeated tsunamis that travelled long distances inland. This is the site of the Temple of Zeus and original
location of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. At first, it was
thought that it was destroyed by an earthquake, but new findings indicated the repeated tsunamis were more to blame. Olympia's destruction
occurred in the 550-750 AD renewal cycle, being destroyed in 551 AD.
- Another City has Been Discovered Submerged in the Mediteranean Sea. The ancient city, known either as Leukaspis or Antiphrae, was hidden for
about sixteen centuries after it was nearly wiped out by a fourth century tsunami that demolished the area. This is yet another city destroyed in the
250-450 AD renewal cycle discussed in the book In Defense of Nature -- The History Nobody Told You About. See the
- Its Seems that a Super Tsunami Hit New Zealand in the 15th Century, as Part of the 1400-1600 AD Renewal Cycle. It is also mentioned in the
mythology of the native Maoris. See the
Stuff.co.nz Opinion article.
- A Huge Tsunami Hit the Area of New York and New Jersey around 300 BC. This adds an additional event to the 450-250 BC renewal cycle discussed
in the book In Defense of Nature -- The History Nobody Told You About. See the
Redorbit.com news reelease.
- Mangrove Trees Saved the Lives of Many Struck by the Indonesian Tsunami. This has happened repeatedly around the world, and the bad news is that
these mangrove forests are disappearing as the result of human activities. See the
Sciencedaily.com news release.
- It Turns Out that the Indonesian Event was Really Three Earthquakes that Struck Nearly Simultanously. See the
ABC.net Australia news story,
Physorg.com article, or Sciencedaily.com news release.
- On September 29, 2009 a Samoan Earthquake Triggered a Tsunami that was 46 Feet High. See the
Physorg.com news release. The solar-lunar-FEM linkage is seen in that the day it occurred it was a mid-phase of the Moon, following the Last Quarter
and the September equinox.
- NASA Indicates that a Number of Buildings and Roads were Destroyed in the Somoan event. See the
- Recent research shows that Israel was hit by four tsunamis in prehistory and history. These tsunamis took place in the Renewal Cycles
discussed in the book In Defense of Nature -- The History Nobody Told You About. These tsunamis were 1500 BC (the 1600-1400 BC cycle),
AD 100-200 (AD 0-200 cycle), AD 500-600 (AD 550-750 cycle) and AD 1100-1200 (AD 1050-1250 cycle). See the
Physorg.com news release.
- It Seems that New Zealand was hit by the "Mother" of all tsunamis. See the
Stuff.co.nz opinion column.
- A large earthquake spawned a tsunami on September 29, 2009, during mid-phase (between quarter moon and full moon) following the equinox,
demonstraing the solar-lunar-Earth linkage. It was a magnitude 8.0 earthquake and killed more than 170 people. Once again, entire villages were wiped
clean from the Earth, while cities were flooded and scores of buidings were destroyed. Both American Somoa and Somoa were the targets of huge waves
traveling at about 530 mph (853 kph). See also the
NASA story (see also references included).
- Coral reefs are still recovering, more than four years after the tsunami. See the
Sciencedaily.com. Meanwhile, the oceans are becoming increasingly acidic due to the human production of carbon emissions, which may destroy the
coral reefs, making the area more vulnerable to another tsunami.
- It happened before and it will happen again in the next few decades or sooner. See the
American Scientist article, Physorg.com and the
BBC News article. Moreover, older tsunami events were identified,
dated to AD 1290–1400 in Sumatra and AD1300–1450 in Thailand, and could be the last big forerunner of the 2004 tsunami. [soruces: Monecke, K., et al (2008)
A 1,000-year sediment record of tsunami recurrence in northern Sumatra. Nature 455, 1232-1234 and Jankaew, K., ewt al (2008) Medieval
forewarning of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Thailand. Nature 455, 1228-1231]. These correspond to the renewal
cycle of AD 1400-1600 discussed in the book, In Defense of Nature -- The History Nobody Told You About when many cultures and cities
around the world collapsed.
- A volcano-triggered tsunami left a line of massive boulders on the western shore of Tonga, and may have been the most powerful tsunami indentified. See the
- National Geographic has put together an overview of tsunamis, along with a photo gallery, videos, safety tips and more. See the
National Geographic overview.
- Three older tsunami events have been identified, one in Sumatra and another in Thailand appear to be dated to the 1400-1600 AD renewal cycle, and
an older one in Thailand appears to be dated to the 200-0 BC renewal cycle. They are forerunners of the 2004 tsunami that hit near the same region.
[sources: Monecke, K., et al (2008) A 1,000-year sediment record of tsunami recurrence in northern Sumatra.. Nature 455, 1232-1234 and
Jankaew, K., ewt al (2008) Medieval forewarning of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Thailand. Nature 455, 1228-1231].
- Tsunami research shows destructive path was worse in developed areas. See the
- Likewaise, protect the coastal areas and they will protect us. See the
Physorg.com article. This is also a lesson provided by the devastation wrecked by hurricanes, like Katrina, Wilma and
- In a Twist of Irony, More Intense Storms are Damaging Corals that Would Normally Abate the Strength of Storms, Making
These Storms More Damaging to the Coasts. So, here we are, making it tough for corals to survive -- both due to
development and global warming -- which then threats human settlements, and thereby stopping the human-caused problems.
See the Physorg.com article.
- Mangroves Can Save Human Lives, and at a Time When We Need Them the Most. Unfortunately, many mangrove swamps
are being destroyed for beach hotels, resorts and "luxury" condos. See the
- A Survey of Wetlands Shows a Drastic Decline. Wetlands are some of the most productive ecosystems on Earth, filter water, and protect inland
ecosystems (and cities) from storm surges. This means that as hurricanes and triopical depressions become more numerous and strong, they will devastate cities
and towns -- those places that created the problem. As could be expected, the loss of wetlands is due to human activites, especially the damming of rivers, using rivers for chemical agriculture and so forth.
Typical of history the very people who caused the problem in Nature will be the ones that are devastated. See the
NASA news release. See also
the next entry.
- Did Animals Sense the Tsunami Was Coming? See the
National Geographic News release.
- The Great Wave: How did so many animals escape? See the
Yahoo! News release.
- The Animals Knew it was Coming. See the
- Tsunami calamity highlights key protective role of coral and mangroves --
- Coastal Greenbelts Are Tsunami Lifesavers -- emagazine.com.
- More Than 2,500 Aftershocks Occurred in the Wake of the Asian Tsunami -- Spacedaily.
- The Death Toll has been Placed at more than 295,000 people -- Spacedaily.com.
- Earthquake now bumped up to 9.3 magnitude -- Spacedaily.com,
- Sumatra quake shook Earth's total surface --
- Earthquake Leaves "Gravity Scar" on Earth --
- Earthquake Caused a 1,000-Kilometer (620 mile) Rupture on the Ocean Floor --
- Land as far away as China was displaced by the quake --
- Scientists: Sumatra Quake Longest Ever Recorded
May. 19 -- Dramatic new data from the December 26, 2004, Sumatran-Andaman earthquake that generated deadly tsunamis show
the event created the longest fault rupture and the longest duration of faulting ever observed. (CNN) See a Nature
- This earthquake triggered tremors on the San Andreas Fault in California -- as discussed in The Vital Vastness
earthquakes are linked on a global scale due to the field system of FEM. See the
- Tsunami Earthquake 'Unzipped' the Earth
May 19 — The great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake of Dec. 26 "unzipped" an 800-mile stretch of the planet and
bowed Earth like a gigantic cello string, a series of studies show. (Discovery.com) See a Lahmont Doherty Geological Observatory
News release which even includes a audio recording of the quake's high-frequency souond.
- A very good overview and graphics are found at
- Damage to the reefs was limited, and in fact, human damage to the reefs was greater than the tsunami and the
earthquake. See the Terradaily.com article,
the Eurekaalert.org, and
- Ancient Indian Temple ruins reveal that an ancient tsunami struck the area before. See the
- The waves from the tsunami travelled around the globe. See the
- An eerie underwater recording was made of the event. See the
- The effects of the tsunami were made worse by the theft of corals. See the
Physorg.com article [Source: Marris, E. (2005) Tsunami Damage was Enhanced by Coral Theft. Nature 436:1071].
- The tsunami actually helped to create peace. See the
- More images:
Other Tsunami News
- Solomon Islands quake spawns tsunami that wipes out villages. See the
- Damage by Hurricanes and Tsunamis are Very Much Alike -- That is, Their Destruction of Non-Living Structures is Nearly Identical. See the
- Living Corals are a Good Protection Against Tsunamis -- Yet, Human Activites are Destroying Them, Including Global Warming. See the
- Gravity Change is Noted in the Area of the Sumartrian Quake. See the
- Java Tsunami Devastates Resort and Fishing Area. See the
NASA Earth Obsevratory article.
The Rising Costs of Disasters
See this NASA/Earth Observatory article on how
disasters are more devastating in recent years and their mounting costs. This alone should awaken us to the
role of disasters and our involvement. Afterall, more property is being destroyed and we are being targeted by the
disasters. Its all in the service of life and our living Earth.
The Indonesian earthquake alone racked up more than $3 billion in damages, mostly due to the destruction of houses and
other buildings. See the PostCornicle.com
More people were affected by weather-related disasters in 2007 than 2006 -- the bad is getting worse. Despite taking
fewer lives, more people were affected globally by weather-related events. Moreover, the number of people hit by all "natural"
disasters grew from 135 million in 2006 to 200 million in 2007. See the Physorg.com
Nearly 92,000 people were killed by disasters in 2005 alone, and 157 million people were involved in disasters.
See the Terradaily.com and
Alertnet.org articles. Again, this shows that we
are attracting disasters and the major outcome is the destruction of non-living structures, and animals and birds
typically know the disaster is coming and evacuate before it strikes. We, on the other hand, have lost this
sensitivity because of our over involvement in non-living goods and services. In 2004 283,000 people were killed by
earthquakes mostly due to the Indonesian earthquake and its tsunami. It was the third
deadliest year on record. See the Physorg.com article.
The year of 2005 claimed 300,000 lives and cost $100 billon in damages.
Disasters where up three fold in 2008, with
at least 235,816 people losing their lives in 321 disasters around the world and caused estimated damage of $181 billion. The three most devasted
countries where China and the United States, both of which are huighly industrialized, and the Phillipines which is destroying natural systems at a
rapid rate, while becoming industrialized and urbanized.
Now disasters have gone up even more in 2011, a great deal is attributed to the Japan quake and tsunami. Just in the first half of 2011 disaster
losses have totaled $265 billion , easily exceeding the
$220 billion recorded for the whole of 2005, previously the most expensive year to date.
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