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8.9 Quake in Sumatra

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the same thing will happen here within the next 300 years. are you ready?

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the same thing will happen here within the next 300 years. are you ready?

 

Do you think Puget sound will be somewhat insulated from a major tsunami in the pacific? It seems like it would somewhat.

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If there is an 8.9 or 9.2 in the strait of georgia that won't help much.

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Here's a list of some (among many others) aid organizations that are helping out and could use donations:

 

American Jewish World Service

(800) 889-7146

http://www.ajws.org

 

American Red Cross

International Response Fund

(800) HELP-NOW

American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org

 

Catholic Relief Services

(800) 736-3467

Catholic Relief Services http://www.catholicrelief.org

 

Direct Relief International

(805) 964-4767

Direct Relief International http://www.directrelief.org

 

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres

(888) 392-0392

Doctors Without Borders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org

 

International Medical Corps

(800) 481-4462

International Medical Corps http://www.imcworldwide.org

 

International Orthodox Christian Charities

Middle East Crisis Response

(877) 803-4622

International Orthodox Christian Charities http://www.iocc.org

 

Mercy Corps

(800) 852-2100

Mercy Corps http://www.mercycorps.org

 

Operation USA

(800) 678-7255

Operation USA http://www.opusa.org

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The book 'Krakatoa' is about the mountain by that name that used to sit off the coast of Sumatra. It blew itself to oblivion in 1897 with results similar to those of the recent quake. Very active area tectoncally.

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I have pictures from Railay West, BoBo's, Railay Village, Sand & Sea and Railay Bay got hit hardest. I still need to get pics off camera (next week) but will send to anyone wants them. I heard Freedom Bar on TonSai got hit really hard.

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U.S. information line

The U.S. State Department established a toll-free telephone number for inquiries about U.S. citizens affected by the Asian earthquake and tsunamis.

 

The public may call toll free at 888-407-4747. Overseas, people may call 317-472-2328.

Those seeking information also can contact the department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management, 202-647-5225.

 

General information about disaster relief, preparation and emergency services to U.S. citizens abroad can be found at the State Department Web page http://travel.state.gov/travel/crisismg.html.

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I too just got back from Thailand and spent a month on Ton Sai beach climbing. I left the beach about 36 hours before the quake though and felt a slight shake in my uncle's highrise in Bangkok.

If anyone wants to check it out:

www.simonfoley.com is the Thailand equivalent to this website.

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Bug: Krakatoa blew its top in 1883, not 1897. This was the eruption where (supposedly) British troops thousands of miles away in India heard the explosion.

Also, Krakatoa is located at the opposite end of Sumatra in the strait (Sunda Strait) betwen Sumatra and Java.

Some info on Krakatoa.

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For fellow trivia buffs:

I did some research on maximum wave heights.

 

The highest wave ever recorded was in LITUYA BAY Alaska in 1958 measuring 520m hellno3d.gif and was caused by a landslide. Two boats rode the wave and survived!!! hellno3d.gifhellno3d.gif

 

The highest tsunami ever recorded was 85m measured on the Japanese Island of Ryukyu in 1971.

 

The highest wave ever recorded in the open sea was 34m.

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Puget Sound Tsunami Map showing the results of a "Hypothetical Tsunami Generated on the Seattle Fault"

 

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Edited by catbirdseat

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Interesting map, Brian. It's notable to see that tsunami "pulses" can turn corners and affect places like Henderson Bay and Case Inlet (the two reaches of water in the bottom left of your image).

 

Check out some of these before & after satellite images!

In particular, look at this devestation...

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The building left standing was the village mosque.

I saw a TV news story last night for this village or one just like it. There was no one alive there except for the visiting journalist, cameraman, and interpreter. Looking at the above, it is easy to understand why over 100,000 people died.

 

This before & after shows the extent of inland advance of the water!

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For fellow trivia buffs:

I did some research on maximum wave heights.

 

The highest wave ever recorded was in LITUYA BAY Alaska in 1958 measuring 520m hellno3d.gif

 

I crabbed for Dungeness out of Lituya Bay in the 80's and saw the clean line at the back of the bay where the trees were just gone, and above, a forest.

 

It was quite impressive looking waaaaaay up above you to see the treeline.

 

Good shrimp fishing in Lituya Bay BTW, it is over 500 feet deep, and there is an island in the middle.

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