Ocean Tsunami 2004
Solomon Islands Tsunami 2007
Indonesian and South Pacific Tsunamis 2009-10
It seems a few things need to be made clear judging from some of the
comments being given space in the press and broadcast media. The planet
we live on has become increasingly less subject to violent,
life-threatening events as time has passed. For human life to have
arisen, the previous phases, including the violent events that brought
about some dramatic changes in fauna and flora, were necessary. There
is no guarantee that a further event that could wipe out all humanity
could not occur. However it is clear that the frequency of certain
events such as Earth Quakes has become progressively less with time
until, in modern times, they are expected only in areas recognised as
being at risk.
Nevertheless, it is absolutely impossible that Earth Quakes should
occur. They are part of the planetary process. No planet like Earth
that could allow life to develop to the level we have reached can come
into being without a process which ends up with continual adjustments.
The earthquake near Sumatra was hardly unreasonable and, in view of the
past lack of movement in that area where tectonic plates were joined,
when it came it was likely to be large.
The one thing we do need to establish was why, in view of the fact that
we have global broadcasting systems and hundreds of millions of mobile
phone users, all of whom can receive broadcast text messages from
service providers, nobody felt free to use their initiative to send out
a warning. A shock of 9 on the Richter scale was bound to cause a huge
tsunami and many people could have had between 1 and 9 hours to head
for high ground.
is more than absurd to have to have to read contributions
from people who say they have become atheists because of the latest
event, or those who are 'angry' because it occurred. There are people
living on the slopes of volcanoes and the plains beneath, and in the
USA many live around the San Andreas fault. It is a risk, just as is
travelling to work each day. The tragic loss which many will have
endured because of this particular event is part of the cost that we
pay for the privileged position we occupy as the sensitive cutting edge
of life as it realises the developing potential of universal
existence. It is a lesson that has to be learned, since all
knowledge comes through experience. As for being an atheist, this
usually applies to people whose idea of 'God' is so silly they are best
off chucking it anyway.
It would appear that the lesson to be learned is that because such an
event has not happened before in our lifetime or recent history, public
authorities can be misled into thinking it is unlikely. This tsunami
was not so much likely as inevitable. We had communications systems in
place to allow many individuals to be alerted, to warn others and to
escape from the places where they lost their lives. They were not used.
JAN 2nd 2005
I am still waiting for the BBC to reply to my email requesting the time
and date when their services were alerted to the news of the Sumatran
Earthquake, and by whom they were informed. Having been assured that my
email has been read 2 days ago, I am disappointed that the time it has
taken to answer this question. Meantime the most absurd explanation for
the lack of action has surfaced, which I append here:
Lack of Info Stymied Tsunami Alert
The U.S. weather agency didn't have the phone numbers nor staff to
alert all Indian Ocean coastal countries when it saw the first signs
that tsunamis could be heading their way, its top official said
Thursday. He cautioned that the Caribbean and Atlantic also lack an
early warning system.
Friday, Dec. 31, 2004
God Almighty, there is no need for any early warning system. News of a
Richter 9 earthquake that will probably cause a Tsunami should be
passed to world broadcasting services. Anyone hearing that news should
pass it on through any system they can use if it can reach people in
the affected area. The last thing we need is to spend millions on
creating and manning a system that will sit there unused 99% of the
and probably fail when needed.
JAN 4th 2005
The Prime Minister was quite right, when news of the tsunami reached
him, to stay where he was and use his communications system. Getting
involved in emergency travel arrangements was the last thing required.
All he needed was communicartions, which he had. The obvious initial
requirements for the UN and national governments were: (a) to locate
all the helicopters and trained helicopter pilots that could be
assembled, dispatched and safely controlled. Many of these would be
military. To get them to the areas where they would be needed would
take a lot of diplomatic work, and to have them operate there in
reasonable safety would take a lot of organisation and logistics and
equipment. All the rest, which the media started to bleat about, was of
varying difficulty but not the immediate problem as it was all
solvable. Money was NOT the problem. To what extent the UN or any
particular government grasped this reality and acted on adequately it I
have no idea, as the media, as usual, did not understand what had
happened or what was required. It was certain from day one that the
minimum deaths would be.
now been told by the BBC that:
The BBC reported the
earthquake at 2.30am but
the relevant authorities had
not made the tsunami warnings public. If they
had done so, the BBC would of
course have reported it.
The quake occurred a 1am. My enquiries continue.
APRIL 01 2007
The time of issue and the extent of warnings of this 8.0 undersea
earthquake are not related in the BBC news item below, which was
published 6 hours after the undersea earthquake struck. It struck 345
km distant from the Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, but only
45 km from Gizo in the New Georgia Islands. The speed of a tsunami wave depends on
(The wave speed is the square root of the product of the
If an earthquake on the sea bottom
occurred offshore at a depth of 1000 m, the speed of a tsunami is about
360 km/h. A tsunami is a very long wave of the order of kilometres that
often remain undetected offshore. However, when a tsunami reaches
shallow water, the speed decreases. At a water depth of 10 m, its speed
is about 35 km/h. According to the report the quake was 10 times deeper
than that so the tsunami could have started off at about 1, 000 km/hr.
If average was 450km hr it would have taken only 6 minutes to reach
Gizo. The structure of the region meant that other parts of the
Solomons and other landmasses were little affected, the energy being
gravity constant (g) and water depth.)
Tsunami strikes Solomon Islands
A tsunami has swept ashore in
the Solomon Islands following a strong undersea earthquake in the South
Waves said to be several metres
high crashed into some of the western
islands severely damaging at least two villages. Several people were
Tsunami warnings were also
issued for Papua New Guinea, north-east Australia, and some other
The quake measured 8.0 and hit
at 0740 local time on Monday (2040 GMT Sunday).
It struck 345km (215 miles) north-west of the Solomon Islands'
Honiara, north-east of Australia, the US Geological Survey said, at a
depth of 10km (six miles) below the surface.
Sergeant Godfrey Abiah of the Solomons police force
said the waves had hit the town of Gizo, in the New Georgia Islands
region in the west of the Solomons, which was only 45km (25 miles) from
the epicentre of the quake.
| There was 10ft of water rushing
Hotel worker, Gizo
He said police in Gizo had been urging people to leave coastal areas
when the tsunami hit, but communications were lost soon afterwards.
"We have lost radio contact with the two police
stations down there and we're not getting any clear picture," he told
The Associated Press.
Julian McLeod, a Solomon Islands disaster management
official, said: "Two villages were reported to have been completely
"We have received reports of four people missing."
Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported that at least three people
had been killed.
Harry Wickham, a hotel worker in Gizo, told New Zealand television
phone that many buildings along the water front had been damaged.
"There was 10ft of water rushing through town," he said.
Britain's deputy high commissioner in Honiara told the BBC that four
people were missing from Mono Island. He said all the residents of Taro
Island had been evacuated.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a much smaller wave, of
15cm (6in) had been reported in Honiara.
The centre initially issued a warning for all countries in the
South Pacific region.
Later it was downscaled, but authorities in the Solomon Islands,
New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, north-eastern Australia, Tuvalu,
Kiribati, and Fiji were being advised to stay on alert.
Officials in Australia said the coast of New South Wales could face
dangerous waves and flooding in the coming hours.
Several beaches in Sydney have been closed as a precaution.
Experts in Japan and Hawaii were also monitoring the situation.
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Here we go again
OCTOBER 26th 2010
earthquake of 7.7 2 days ago in Indonesia caused a Tsunami and up to