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Tsunamis, Quakes, Volcanoes:
Alaska Volcano West of Anchorage Stirs After 12-Year Slumber
  Posted by BenLurkin
On General/Chat 07/29/2004 12:48:13 AM EDT · 8 replies · 1,393+ views

Associated Press | Jul 28, 2004 | Associated Press
ANCHORAGE (AP) - Noting a swarm of tiny earthquakes beneath volcanic Mount Spurr, scientists have warned that the volcano 80 miles west of Anchorage could erupt in the next few weeks. Eruptions most often follow a pattern of quakes, said geophysicist John Power of the U.S. Geological Survey, one of three federal and state partners in the Anchorage-based Alaska Volcano Observatory. Power added, however, that the earthquakes will most likely end without an eruption. Mount Spurr was last significantly active in 1992. In an August explosion that year, it spread a thin layer of ash over Anchorage. The mountain's recent...

Aleutian finding topples [TSUNAMI] theory
  Posted by BenLurkin
On News/Activism 12/27/2004 1:56:24 AM EST · 12 replies · 2,274+ views

Anchorage Daily News | December 25, 2004) | DOUG O'HARRA
Scientists traveled to the Aleutian Chain last summer to check out a colossal submarine landslide blamed for one of the most devastating tsunamis of the 20th century. They wanted to find out how sea-floor life responded to such a huge disturbance and produce detailed charts. What they got was a shock of seismic proportions. Instead of a 12-mile-wide avalanche dropping 30 to 40 miles down the continental slope into the abyss of the Aleutian Trench, sonar surveys and the remotely operated underwater vehicle Jason II found regular ocean bottom, eroded and crusty and largely undisturbed. There was no slide. And...

Asian Tsunamis Kill at Least 20,000 People
  Posted by TexKat
On News/Activism 12/26/2004 11:57:28 PM EST · 229 replies · 16,637+ views

AP | 12/26/04 | DILIP GANGULY
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Legions of rescuers spread across Asia Monday after an earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that ravaged coasts across thousands of miles and killed more than 13,340 people and left millions homeless in the fourth-largest temblor in a century. The death toll along the southern coast of Asia ó and as far west as Somalia, on the African coast, where nine people were reported lost ó steadily increased as authorities sorted out a far-flung disaster caused by Sunday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake, strongest in 40 years. Signs of the carnage...

Biblical Plagues and Parting of Red Sea caused by Volcano
  Posted by Betty Jane
On News/Activism 11/11/2002 3:44:06 PM EST · 61 replies · 3,170+ views | 11/11/02 | John Petre
Biblical plagues and parting of Red Sea 'caused by volcano' By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent (Filed: 11/11/2002) Fresh evidence that the Biblical plagues and the parting of the Red Sea were natural events rather than myths or miracles is to be presented in a new BBC documentary. Moses, which will be broadcast next month, will suggest that much of the Bible story can be explained by a single natural disaster, a huge volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini in the 16th century BC. Using computer-generated imagery pioneered in Walking With Dinosaurs, the programme tells the story of how...

Bright Idea: Ancient monster tsunami mixed fossils
  Posted by K4Harty
On News/Activism 02/01/2005 9:37:34 PM EST · 10 replies · 476+ views

The Albuquerque Tribune | 01/31/05 | Sue Vorenberg
A 65 million year old tsunami is still wreaking havoc in the scientific community, a New Mexico State University professor says. The 300-foot-tall tsunami - an aftereffect of the giant meteor impact that some scientists think killed off the dinosaurs - scrambled fossils and rock and has made the event very hard to date, said Timothy Lawton, head of NMSU's geology department.

  Posted by LoudAmericanCowboy
On News/Activism 03/29/2005 10:05:24 PM EST · 53 replies · 1,194+ views

The Times | 3/30/05 | Mark Henderson
March 30, 2005 Britain's plan to save planet from quakes and asteroidsBy Mark Henderson, Science Correspondent PLANS for an early warning system to protect the world against natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to asteroid strikes have been drawn up by the Government's chief scientist on the orders of the Prime Minister. A panel headed by Professor Sir David King is recommending that Britain push for a global alarm network to reduce the potential devastation of events such as the Boxing Day tsunami, The Times has learnt. The £100 million initiative, which comes as scientists predict a third...

Broken Ice Dam Blamed For 300-Year Chill
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 01/10/2006 5:47:01 PM EST · 93 replies · 2,146+ views

New Scientist | 1-10-2006 | Kurt Kleiner
Broken ice dam blamed for 300-year chill 14:21 10 January 2006 news service Kurt Kleiner A three-century-long cold spell that chilled Europe 8200 years ago was probably caused by the bursting of a Canadian ice dam, which released a colossal flood of glacial meltwater into the Atlantic Ocean. Two new papers, using different computer models, show that the massive freshwater flood accounts for evidence of the sudden climate change, which cooled Greenland by an average of 7.4°C, and Europe by about 1°C. It was the most abrupt and widespread cool spell in the last 10,000 years. Evidence for the...

Catastrophic Flooding From Ancient Lake May Have Triggered Cold Period
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 12/18/2004 2:51:06 PM EST · 29 replies · 1,018+ views

Newswise | 12-18-2004 | Jeff Donnelly
Catastrophic Flooding from Ancient Lake May Have Triggered Cold Period CLIMATE CHANGE, WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION, JEFF DONNELLY, ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE Newswise -- Imagine a lake three times the size of the present-day Lake Ontario breaking through a dam and flooding down the Hudson River Valley past New York City and into the North Atlantic. The results would be catastrophic if it happened today, but it did happen some 13,400 years ago during the retreat of glaciers over North America and may have triggered a brief cooling known as the Intra-Allerod Cold Period. Assistant Scientist Jeffrey Donnelly of the Woods...

Brooklyn College Anthropologist Identifies New Prehistoric Monkey
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 03/30/2006 11:53:23 AM EST · 7 replies · 31+ views

BC Hot News (Brooklyn CUNY) | March 29, 2006
Brooklyn College Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology Alfred L. Rosenberger is part of a team of Argentinean and United States scholars who have identified a new species of monkey that once roamed the forests of South America. The discovery of the monkey species, Killikaike blakei, is the result of painstaking analysis of a small, perfectly preserved monkey skull that was found embedded in volcanic rock by members of an Argentinean ranching family. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. This fossil, which is dated to 16.4 million years ago, is a spectacular addition...

Cartographers Redrawing Maps After Tsunami [Straits of Malacca 4K feet deep before, now 100 feet?]
  Posted by Mike Fieschko
On News/Activism 01/05/2005 7:20:40 PM EST · 30 replies · 3,406+ views

AP via yahoo | Jan 5, 2005 | Katherine Pfleger Shrader
Water depths in parts of the Straits of Malacca, one of the world's busiest shipping channels off the coast of Sumatra, reached about 4,000 feet before last month's tsunami. Now, reports are coming in of just 100 feet ó too dangerous for shipping, if proved true. A U.S. spy imagery agency is working around the clock to gather information, warn mariners and begin the time-consuming task of recharting altered coastlines and ports throughout the region. Officials at the Bethesda, Md.-based National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency say the efforts will take international cooperation over months, if not years. Thousands of navigational aides, such...

Chandler's Wobble Causes Earthquakes, Volcanism, El Nino, and Global Warming
  Posted by IGBT
On News/Activism 01/18/2005 11:58:05 PM EST · 20 replies · 1,103+ views

Michael Wells Mandeville | 2004 | Michael Wells Mandeville
The exact location of the North and South Poles of the Earth's spin axis are constantly changing while the Earth's crust wobbles slightly around and over the poles in the 14 month and 6.5 year cycles of Chandler's Wobble. The eigth graphs in this story board demonstrate that peaks of seismic and volcanic activity come and go in accordance with these rhythms of Chandler's Wobble to produce the El Nino syndrome. The graphs also prove that the total amount of this activity has progressively increased during the last 50 years while the center of Chandler's Wobble has slowly drifted towards...

Clues To Missing Pagodas Found
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 07/10/2002 7:51:08 PM EDT · 18 replies · 258+ views

Times Of India | 7-6-2002 | Akshaya Mukul
Clues to missing pagodas found AKSHAYA MUKUL TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ SATURDAY, JULY 06, 2002 11:49:09 PM ] NEW DELHI: Submerged structures found off the coast of Mahabalipuram in the Bay of Bengal could well solve the mystery of seven pagodas dating back to the Pallava Period (7th Century AD). The Archaeological Survey of India's Underwater Archaeology Wing (UAW) has discovered three walls and a number of carved architectural members of ancient temples running north to south and east to west. Also found are seven big submerged rocks 500 metres off shore. According to UAW in-charge Alok Tripathi, who undertook...

Disaster compared to scene from Bible (Planet rotation said affected by 9.0 quake)
  Posted by NYer
On News/Activism 12/27/2004 9:08:33 AM EST · 256 replies · 8,295+ views

WorldNetDaily | December 26, 2004
The largest earthquake in the past 40 years and the resulting deaths of thousands from 33-foot tidal waves are being compared by an American reporter to descriptions of disaster from Holy Scripture. "The speed with which it all happened seemed like a scene from the Bible -- a natural phenomenon unlike anything I had experienced before," said Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs, who was swimming off a Sri Lankan island when the disaster struck this morning. "As the waters rose at an incredible rate, I half expected to catch sight of Noah's Ark. Instead of the Ark, I grabbed hold...

Divers find remains of six 'lost temples'
  Posted by Pokey78
On News/Activism 04/10/2002 8:54:43 PM EDT · 87 replies · 1,014+ views

The Telegraph (U.K.) | 04/11/2002 | David Derbyshire
A MYSTERIOUS settlement that sank beneath the waves at least 1,200 years ago has been discovered by divers off the south-east coast of India.Granite blocks and walls that lie 20ft below the surface may be the remains of six "lost temples" that form part of local mythology.The ruins came to light after the controversial amateur archaeologist and best-selling author Graham Hancock interviewed fisherman for a recent television series.After hearing accounts of the myth of a submerged city, he and two dozen divers searched the sea bed last week.India's National Institute of Oceanography, which was involved in the discovery, believes the...

Early volcano victims discovered
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 09/04/2004 1:59:51 AM EDT · 3 replies · 335+ views

BBC | Monday, May 3, 1999 | editors
Whole communities of ape-like creatures may have been killed in volcanic disasters that struck East Africa 18 million years ago... It follows a study of rock deposits close to the once active volcano Kisingiri. These contained fossils of what is believed to be a forerunner of humans called Proconsul... research suggests they may have been caught by a pyroclastic flow. These are clouds of hot gas, dust and rubble which travel at huge speeds from erupting volcanoes. Scientists, who report their findings in the Journal of the Geological Society, believe the abundance of the hominoid fossils may represent "death...

Eighteen Hundred And Froze To Death (The Infamous 'Year Without Summer')
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 03/12/2005 11:10:49 PM EST · 49 replies · 2,513+ views

Island | 4-7-2004 | Keith C. Heidon,PhD,ACM
Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death The Infamous "Year Without A Summer" Of the cold summers in the period 1811 to 1817, the year 1816 has gone down in the annals of New England history as "The Year There Was No Summer," the "Poverty Year" and "Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death." The year began with a moderate but dry winter. Spring was tardy and continued very dry. The growing season from late spring to early fall, however, was punctuated by a series of devastating cold waves that did major damage to the crops and greatly reduced the food supply....

Hollywood fantasy? Tidal wave disaster is just waiting to happen
  Posted by pepsi_junkie
On News/Activism 08/11/2004 8:57:52 PM EDT · 23 replies · 1,242+ views

The Guardian Unlimited | August 10, 2004 | Ian Sample
Scientist says governments are ignoring threat of a piece of rock as big as the Isle of Man crashing into the Atlantic Ian Sample, science correspondentTuesday August 10, 2004The Guardian It has everything you could wish for in a cliche-ridden disaster movie. A beautiful volcanic island in the Atlantic is on the brink of catastrophic collapse, threatening to unleash giant waves that will wreak havoc around the globe within hours. And while scientists try in vain to make their concerns heard, the world's governments look the other way. But yesterday a leading expert claimed the doom-laden scenario was not only...

Geology Picture of the Week, October 9-15, 2005: Lonar Crater, India
  Posted by cogitator
On General/Chat 10/12/2005 10:57:42 AM EDT · 17 replies · 628+ views

Karin Lydia Louzada
Connect the dots: 1) Heard about a new (small) eruption of Piton de la Fournaise. 2) Piton de la Fournaise is the current "expression" of the La Reunion mantle plume. 3) Thought about what happened when the Indian subcontinent passed over the La Reunion plume = Deccan Traps volcanism. 4) Tried to find a good picture of the Deccan Traps. 5) Discovered that one of the few places to see Deccan Trap basalt layering is Lonar Crater. 6) Lonar Crater is said to be the only impact crater on volcanic basalt. 7) Found remote sensing and surface pictures of Lonar...

Giant wave could threaten US
  Posted by FormerACLUmember
On News/Activism 08/09/2004 11:34:11 PM EDT · 113 replies · 3,711+ views

BBC | 10 August 2004
A collapsing volcano in the Atlantic could unleash a giant wave of water that would swamp the Caribbean and much of the eastern seaboard of the United States, a scientist has claimed. Dr Simon Day, of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College London, UK, believes one flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, in the Canaries archipelago, is unstable and could plunge into the ocean. If I was living in Miami or New York and I heard that the Cumbre Vieja was erupting, I would keep a very close eye on the...

Japan: Water vapor column shoots 1 kilometer into air over Pacific Ocean: Report
  Posted by TigerLikesRooster
On News/Activism 07/03/2005 7:23:29 AM EDT · 72 replies · 3,317+ views

AP | 07/03/05
Sunday July 3, 12:03 AMWater vapor column shoots 1 kilometer into air over Pacific Ocean: Report A 1-kilometer (3,300-foot) -high column of water vapor shot up from the Pacific Ocean off a tiny Japanese island on Saturday, indicating a possible undersea volcanic eruption, a report said. The water vapor, resembling the steam emitted by a boiling kettle, was seen from the island of Iwo Jima by Japanese troops stationed there, Kyodo News agency said. The vapor was roughly 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the island, and was believed to have been caused by an erupting volcano on the ocean...

'Krakatoa': The Wrath of the Earth and how it turned Indonesia Muslim
  Posted by Destro
On News/Activism 04/22/2003 12:11:48 AM EDT · 14 replies · 2,056+ views | April 20, 2003 | RICHARD ELLIS
'Krakatoa': The Wrath of the Earth By RICHARD ELLIS The cover of "Krakatoa" by Simon Winchester. When a volcano erupts, it can do terrible damage, as Vesuvius did in A.D. 79, burying the cities and inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But as the tens of thousands of people now living on its slopes can attest, Vesuvius is still there, and so are most of the world's better-known volcanoes, such as Etna, Rainier, Kilauea, Paricutin and Fujiyama (yes, Fuji is a volcano; it last erupted in 1707). Even Mount St. Helens, the top of which blew off in 1980, is (mostly)...

  Posted by Mike Darancette
On News/Activism 05/29/2003 12:57:14 PM EDT · 31 replies · 699+ views

UC Santa Cruz Press Release | May 27, 2003 | UC Santa Cruz Press Release
Massive tsunami sweeps Atlantic Coast in asteroid impact scenario for March 16, 2880 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SANTA CRUZ, CA--If an asteroid crashes into the Earth, it is likely to splash down somewhere in the oceans that cover 70 percent of the planet's surface. Huge tsunami waves, spreading out from the impact site like the ripples from a rock tossed into a pond, would inundate heavily populated coastal areas. A computer simulation of an asteroid impact tsunami developed by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows waves as high as 400 feet sweeping onto the Atlantic Coast of the...

Memorial rite recalls day etched in minds ~ Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens eruption
  Posted by 2sheep
On News/Activism 05/18/2002 5:37:17 AM EDT · 15 replies · 5,026+ views

The Oregonian | May 19, 2000 | Erin Middlewood
57 died when the volcano erupted on May 18, 1980 Friday, May 19, 2000By ERIN MIDDLEWOOD, Correspondent, TheOregonianHOFFSTADT BLUFFS, Wash. -- When Mount St. Helens erupted 20 years ago, Paul Nickell's mother and stepfather were camping there. It was as if the mountain swallowed them. -- Their bodies were never recovered. Nickell felt hopeless sorrow seeing their names on the list of those presumed dead. -- "It doesn't seem real until you see their names on a list," he said. On Thursday, the 45-year-old Portland resident saw Ellen and Robert Dill's name on another list. -- But this one brought him comfort. -- It's...

Mystery Bulge in Oregon Still Growing (100 square miles near Mt St. Hellens)
  Posted by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
On News/Activism 09/07/2005 1:35:31 PM EDT · 89 replies · 3,452+ views
BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A recent survey of a bulge that covers about 100 square miles near the South Sister indicates the area is still growing, suggesting it could be another volcano in the making or a major shift of molten rock under the center of the Cascade Range. Recent eruptions at nearby Mount St. Helens in Washington state have rekindled interest in the annual Sisters survey and its findings. Oregon has four of the 18 most active volcanoes in the nation -- Mount Hood, Crater Lake, Newberry and South Sister. A recent U.S. Geological Survey report said monitoring is...

Native Lore Tells Tale: There's Been A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Seattle Area)
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 07/13/2005 10:42:17 AM EDT · 11 replies · 478+ views

Eureka Alert | 7-13-2005 | VinceStricherz
Native lore tells the tale: There's been a whole lotta shakin' goin' onContact: Vince Stricherz 206-543-2580 University of Washington This illustration depicts a late 19th century interior ceremonial screen from Port Alberni, on British Columbia's Vancouver Island. It shows Thunderbird carrying Whale in its talons, a common native depiction of seismic activity. The original screen is in the American Museum of Natural History. The image is taken from "Northwest Coast Painting -- House Fronts and Interior Screens" by Edward Malin, ©1999, Timber Press, Portland, Ore. Stories of two-headed serpents and epic battles between Thunderbird and Whale, common among Northwest...

New Ice-Core Evidence Challenges the 1620s age for the Santorini (Minoan) Eruption
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 07/29/2004 3:25:45 AM EDT · 40 replies · 973+ views

Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 25, Issue 3, March 1998, Pages 279-289 | 13 July 1997 | Gregory A. Zielinski, Mark S. Germani
Determining a reliable calendrical age of the Santorini (Minoan) eruption is necessary to place the impact of the eruption into its proper context within Bronze Age society in the Aegean region. The high-resolution record of the deposition of volcanically produced acids on polar ice sheets, as available in the SO42-time series from ice cores (a direct signal), and the high-resolution record of the climatic impact of past volcanism inferred in tree rings (a secondary signal) have been widely used to assign a 1628/1627 age to the eruption. The layer of ice in the GISP2 (Greenland) ice core corresponding to...

Niue 'flattened' by tsunami-type waves [blast from the past]
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 12/28/2004 1:57:21 PM EST · 3 replies · 560+ views

Fairfax New Zealand Limited | 09 January 2004 | staff
Villagers talked of tsunami-type waves sweeping up 30 metre cliffs, chasing them out of their houses and into the bush, and they grieved at the loss of their museum with its artifacts -- their taonga -- and their trust in the beautiful but treacherous sea below... Worst hit was the southern area of Aliluki where the terrifying monstrous waves, rather than the wind, caused devastation... Moto Valiana said he had made his sister leave her Kristof home just minutes before it was swamped by a gigantic wave... Across the road, Osa Williams spoke of how she thought her house was...

On This day In History: The Great Lisbon Earthquake
  Posted by Valin
On News/Activism 11/01/2005 9:26:07 AM EST · 17 replies · 423+ views

National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering | Jan T. Kozak, Charles D. James
Although not the strongest or most deadly earthquake in human history, the 1755 Lisbon earthquake's impact, not only on Portugal but on all of Europe, was profound and lasting. Depictions of the earthquake in art and literature can be found in several European countries, and these were produced and reproduced for centuries following the event, which came to be known as "The Great Lisbon Earthquake." The earthquake began at 9:30 on November 1st, 1755, and was centered in the Atlantic Ocean, about 200 km WSW of Cape St. Vincent. The total duration of shaking lasted ten minutes and was comprised...

Powerful Quake Shakes Seabed Near Vanuatu
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 02/12/2005 9:32:00 PM EST · 8 replies · 267+ views

Las Vegas Sun | February 08, 2005 | AP
The 6.7-magnitude quake occurred at 1:48 a.m. about 250 miles northwest of the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila, according to the Web site of the U.S. Geological Survey... There have been no reports of damage from the quake, which was centered approximately 125 miles below the seabed, the seismologist said.

Quake May Have Altered Earth's Rotation
  Posted by wagglebee
On News/Activism 12/27/2004 9:48:27 PM EST · 152 replies · 4,230+ views

Drudge Report | 12/27/04 | Matt Drudge
May have shortened the day by 3 microseconds, said gravity expert Richard Gross of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena... On premise a slab slid into core, Gross said he's done calculations 'to see what effect this (earthquake) should have had.' The result: A day shortened... 'We won't know for weeks,' said a geophysicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 'So it's a guess, as of now'...

Researchers Plot Course Of Ancient American Tsunami (902AD)
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 10/28/2002 7:27:53 PM EST · 28 replies · 478+ views

Ananova | 10-28-2002
Researchers plot course of ancient American tsunami Researchers have calculated the scale of a giant wave that devastated the north west coast of America 1,100 years ago. Japanese scientists used computer modelling to recreate the devastation from the ancient tsunami. The team from the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in Kobe say the work will help planners minimise the impact of any future wave. The researchers took clues from silt deposits found in the Puget Sound, a Pacific inlet above earthquake fault lines in the Seattle area. Experts say the tsunami could have reached up to seven metres in...

Rhythmic Submarine Volcanos And El NiÒos
  Posted by SunkenCiv
On General/Chat 08/29/2005 4:37:32 PM EDT · 22 replies · 309+ views

Science Frontiers | September-October 1993 | William Corliss
The real cause of El Ninos is still obscure. However, the recent discovery of over 1,000 previously unmapped submarine volcanos rising from the seafloor in the eastern Pacific may lead to El Nino's source. The synchronous eruption of, say, 100 of these volcanos might warm the ocean around Easter Island a tad -- just enough to warm the atmosphere above a bit -- resulting in a shift of the high pressure area.

'Rogue waves' reported by mariners get scientific backing
  Posted by Rebelbase
On News/Activism 07/23/2004 4:25:25 AM EDT · 18 replies · 895+ views

yahoo news | 7/21/04 | unknown
PARIS (AFP) - European satellites have given confirmation to terrified mariners who describe seeing freak waves as tall as 10-storey buildings, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. "Rogue waves" have been the anecdotal cause behind scores of sinkings of vessels as large as container ships and supertankers over the past two decades. But evidence to support this has been sketchy, and many marine scientists have clung to statistical models that say monstrous deviations from the normal sea state only occur once every thousand years. Testing this promise, ESA tasked two of its Earth-scanning satellites, ERS-1 and ERS-2, to monitor the...

Scientist say that recent earthquake is big enough to effect earth's rotation.
  Posted by alienken
On General/Chat 12/27/2004 10:00:43 PM EST · 19 replies · 4,200+ views

I heard this at the end of a news break on the radio once. Has anyone else heard anything about this? It sounds important if it's possible. What if the earth's axis or orbit around the sun was changed. I'm looking for links with info on this.

Seabed at Tsunami's Center Shows Ruptures
  Posted by Ernest_at_the_Beach
On News/Activism 02/11/2005 11:23:54 PM EST · 11 replies · 909+ views

Las Vegas Sun | February 11, 2005 at 20:13:45 PST | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) - The first images of the seabed that was rocked by the earthquake that triggered Asia's catastrophic tsunami revealed huge ruptures spanning several miles along the Indian Ocean's floor. The United States, meanwhile, said it was preparing to more than double its pledge for tsunami relief to $950 million. The images of the seabed were from a British naval ship collecting data off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island that could be used to help governments develop a tsunami early warning system for the Indian Ocean region. "There are features which we would think are something...

Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites
  Posted by uglybiker
On News/Activism 07/23/2004 1:25:27 AM EDT · 57 replies · 3,605+ views

European Space Agency | 7/21/04
Rare photo of a rogue wave Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites -- 21 July 2004 Once dismissed as a nautical myth, freakish ocean waves that rise as tall as ten-storey apartment blocks have been accepted as a leading cause of large ship sinkings. Results from ESA's ERS satellites helped establish the widespread existence of these 'rogue' waves and are now being used to study their origins. -- Severe weather has sunk more than 200 supertankers and container ships exceeding 200 metres in length during the last two decades. Rogue waves are believed to be the major cause in many such...

  Posted by Yosemitest
On News/Activism 07/25/2004 3:36:29 AM EDT · 36 replies · 3,490+ views

European Space Agency | 21 July 2004
Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites -- Rare photo of a rogue wave -- 21 July 2004 -- Once dismissed as a nautical myth, freakish ocean waves that rise as tall as ten-storey apartment blocks have been accepted as a leading cause of large ship sinkings. Results from ESA's ERS satellites helped establish the widespread existence of these 'rogue' waves and are now being used to study their origins. -- Severe weather has sunk more than 200 supertankers and container ships exceeding 200 metres in length during the last two decades. Rogue waves are believed to be the major...

Signs Of An Eruption
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 08/29/2003 8:37:16 PM EDT · 106 replies · 1,534+ views

BBC | 8-30-2003
Signs of an eruptionFor days before the eruption the volcano had been screaming 'I'm about to explode' Bernard Chouet A scientist has found a way to use earthquakes to predict when volcanoes will erupt. Swiss scientist Bernard Chouet fell in love with volcanoes when he witnessed spectacular fountains of lava spewing from Sicily's Mount Etna in 1969. Now at the US Geological Survey, Chouet has devoted his career to finding a way to predict deadly volcanic eruptions. He is haunted by a disaster in South America that killed 25,000 people. When Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in 1985, it...

Slow Seismic Slip Event Underway in Pacific Northwest
  Posted by Esther Ruth
On News/Activism 09/14/2005 6:20:11 PM EDT · 32 replies · 974+ views | Updated 2:35 p.m. ET Sept. 14 -13 September 2005 | By Robert Roy Britt
Slow Seismic Slip Event Underway in Pacific Northwest By Robert Roy Britt LiveScience Managing Editor posted: 13 September 2005 10:03 pm ET Updated 2:35 p.m. ET Sept. 14 An important seismic event imperceptible to humans has begun in the Pacific Northwest as predicted, according to the government agency Geological Survey of Canada. The chance of a major earthquake is 30 times higher now for a roughly two-week period, but the odds are still remote, scientists say. The event is called episodic tremor and slip (ETS). It involves a slow movement of the Juan de Fuca and North America tectonic plates...

Southern Appalachia sees spate of small earthquakes
  Posted by SmithL
On General/Chat 06/20/2005 11:24:18 PM EDT · 4 replies · 209+ views

AP | 6/20/5 | Katie Allison Granju
The National Earthquake Center reports an earth tremor this morning measuring 3.9 near Clinton, Kentucky in Hickman County. The earthquake at around 7:21 am was felt in four states and was the second in under 12 hours in the area. It was centered nearly on top of the Mississippi River. Dispatcher Marie Hart at Kentucky State Police post in Mayfield says it felt as if the floor was moving. She said it was like the floor turned to water for a few seconds. An earlier earthquake about 15 miles away registered 3.0 on the Richter scale. Quakes of 4.0 occur...

"Super volcano" could dwarf Indonesia's earthquake catastrophes
  Posted by AntiGuv
On News/Activism 04/02/2005 9:31:22 PM EST · 65 replies · 3,215+ views

Agence France-Presse | April 2, 2005 | AFP
SYDNEY (AFP) - As Indonesians struggled to recover from the second deadly earthquake to strike them in three months, an Australian expert warned the country faced the prospect of a "super volcano" eruption that would dwarf all previous catastrophes. Professor Ray Cas of Monash University's School of Geosciences said the world's biggest super volcano was Lake Toba, on Indonesia's island of Sumatra, site of both the recent massive earthquakes. Cas told Australian media Friday that Toba sits on a faultline running down the middle of Sumatra -- just where some seismologists say a third earthquake might strike following the 9.0...

Super Volcano Will Challenge Civilization, Geologists Warn
  Posted by AntiGuv
On News/Activism 03/08/2005 7:16:02 AM EST · 134 replies · 3,598+ views | March 8, 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
The eruption of a super volcano "sooner or later" will chill the planet and threaten human civilization, British scientists warned Tuesday. And now the bad news: There's not much anyone can do about it. Several volcanoes around the world are capable of gigantic eruptions unlike anything witnessed in recorded history, based on geologic evidence of past events, the scientists said. Such eruptions would dwarf those of Mount St. Helens, Krakatoa, Pinatubo and anything else going back dozens of millennia. "Super-eruptions are up to hundreds of times larger than these," said Stephen Self of the United Kingdom's (U.K.) Open University. "An...

Sweeping Civilization Away In A Single Wave
  Posted by RightWhale
On News/Activism 05/28/2003 8:36:53 PM EDT · 46 replies · 202+ views | 28 May 03 | staff
Sweeping Civilization Away In A Single Wave Santa Cruz - May 28, 2003 If an asteroid crashes into the Earth, it is likely to splash down somewhere in the oceans that cover 70 percent of the planet's surface. Huge tsunami waves, spreading out from the impact site like the ripples from a rock tossed into a pond, would inundate heavily populated coastal areas. A computer simulation of an asteroid impact tsunami developed by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows waves as high as 400 feet sweeping onto the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The researchers...

Tidal wave threat 'over-hyped'
  Posted by Company Man
On News/Activism 10/31/2004 12:35:18 PM EST · 12 replies · 810+ views

BBC UK | Oct. 30, 2004
The risk of a landslide in the Canary Islands causing a tidal wave (tsunami) able to devastate America's east coast is vastly overstated. That's according to marine geologists studying ancient landslides in the area In typical Canary Island landslides, chunks of land break off in bits, not in one dramatic plunge, they claim. This contradicts previous warnings that an Isle of Man-sized chunk of land could fall off the island of La Palma into the sea, causing a mega-tsunami.

Tidal Waves Kill More Than 700 in Asia
  Posted by sully777
On News/Activism 12/26/2004 4:18:45 AM EST · 42 replies · 4,891+ views

yahoo/AP | 12-26-04 | LELY T. DJUHARI
36 minutes ago JAKARTA, Indonesia - The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years rocked northern Indonesia on Sunday and launched tidal waves that swamped villages and seaside resorts across Asia, killing more than 700 people in five countries. Some 300 were reported killed in Sri Lanka, 286 in India, 94 in Indonesia, 61 in Thailand and seven in Malaysia. Hundreds were reported missing, and the death toll was expected to rise. The U.S. Geological Survey ( news -web sites ) said a magnitude-8.9 quake -- one capable of massive damage -- struck off the coast of the Indonesian island...

Tracking Myth to Geological Reality
  Posted by Lessismore
On News/Activism 11/05/2005 3:20:12 PM EST · 20 replies · 687+ views

Science Magazine | 11/4/2005 | Kevin Krajick*
Once dismissed, myths are winning new attention from geologists who find that they may encode valuable data about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and other stirrings of the earth SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--James Rasmussen, owner of a funky used-record store called Bud's Jazz, and Ruth Ludwin, a seismologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, make an unlikely professional team. Late last year, they were walking down the beach near the bustling Fauntleroy ferry dock, searching for a reddish sandstone boulder. Native American legends-Rasmussen belongs to the local Duwamish people-say the boulder is haunted by a'yahos, a spirit with the body of a serpent and...

When Humans Faced Extinction
  Posted by blam
On News/Activism 06/10/2003 11:05:32 AM EDT · 127 replies · 731+ views

BBC | 6-10-2003 | Dr David Whitehouse
When humans faced extinction By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor Humans may have come close to extinction about 70,000 years ago, according to the latest genetic research. From just a few, six billion sprang The study suggests that at one point there may have been only 2,000 individuals alive as our species teetered on the brink. This means that, for a while, humanity was in a perilous state, vulnerable to disease, environmental disasters and conflict. If any of these factors had turned against us, we would not be here. The research also suggests that humans (Homo sapiens...

  Posted by Mike Darancette
On News/Activism 06/17/2003 11:01:59 AM EDT · 9 replies · 167+ views

Casa Grande Dispatch | 11 June 2003 | Alan Levine
The headline read: "Massive tsunami sweeps Atlantic Coast in asteroid impact...." It was at that point that I wished that I had taken a speed-reading course, because the rest of the headline read: "...scenario for March 16, 2880." I'm really thankful for all those folks who spend countless hours each week with their eyeballs glued to the small end of a telescope as they search the skies, keeping constant vigil for anything heading toward Earth that's larger than a frozen turkey. The men and women of NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab, college professors and their student assistants and even...

Yellowstone Supervolcano Special to be repeated on National Geographic Channel tonight at 10 eastern
  Posted by Judith Anne
On General/Chat 10/17/2004 7:59:47 PM EDT · 13 replies · 397+ views

National Geographic | Oct. 17, 2004 | me
I just noticed that the Yellowstone Supervolcano show will be on National Geographic Channel tonight at 10 eastern time, in case anyone is interested. ;-D

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The drowning wave
by Tristan Marshall
Any day now, a gargantuan wave could sweep westwards across the Atlantic towards the coast of North America. A mighty wall of water 50 metres high would hit the Caribbean islands, Florida and the rest of the eastern seaboard, surging up to 20 kilometres inland and engulfing everything in its path. If you thought the tsunamis that periodically terrorise the Pacific Ocean were big, consider this: the Atlantic wave will be five times bigger. It will start its journey 6000 kilometres away, when half an island crashes into the sea.
Could sea slides occur off N.J. coast?
A computer simulation of the continental shelf 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey suggests that there may be pockets of water trapped under great pressure deep beneath the ocean floor. The study concluded that if such pressurized deposits of water exist, they could pose a threat of sudden undersea landslides. Peter B. Flemings and Brandon Dugan of Pennsylvania State University said even a small shaking of a mild earthquake could be enough for a sudden release of the water. That could cause undersea landslides down the side of the continental shelf. Such slides, involving many tons of sediment falling like an undersea avalanche down the side of a submerged mountain, have been known to cause tsunami waves.
The Hilina Slump a.k.a. "The Big Crack"
by Wiliam Corliss
A 4,760 cubic mile chunk of the Big Island (Hawaii) is breaking away at the rate of 4 inches per year. This is the Hilina Slump, and it is said to be "the most rapidly moving tract of ground on Earth for its size." The Hilina Slump can move much faster. At 4:48 AM, November 29, 1975, a 37-mile-wide section suddenly dropped 11* feet and slid seaward 26 feet. The result was a magnitude-7.2 quake and a 48-foot-high tsunami. This was a minor of the slump. If the entire 4,760-cubic-mile block decided to break off, it would probably create a magnitude-9 quake and a tsunami 1,000-feet high. All the coast-hugging cities of the Hawaiian Islands would be swept away. And LOOK OUT Australia, Japan, and California.
by Jonathan Knight
Everyone realised that dropping something the size of New York City into the ocean would kick up a big wave, but it was only when Moore returned to Hawaii to explore the island of Lanai that he realised just how big. On the south side of the island, limestone boulders were scattered, some as much as 100 metres above sea level. Since the island itself is made of volcanic rock, the limestone could only have come from coral reefs beneath the sea surface. Moore also found fields of coral and seashells as high as 120 metres. The piece of mountain that is shifting is much larger than the slide that soaked Lanai. It's more on the scale of the "Nuuanu" collapse that spun the New York-sized chunk of rock off Oahu more than 1 million years ago, says Julia Morgan, a geologist at the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus on Oahu, who has been watching the mountain closely.

64 posted on 04/03/2006 11:23:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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Earth throws a wobbly
Tuesday, 18 July, 2000
web archive version
The Chandler Wobble, a mysterious wobble that shakes the Earth as it spins on its axis, was first detected in 1891 by an American astronomer called Seth Carlo Chandler. The force of the wobble is such that it is capable of moving the North Pole about six metres (20 feet) from where it should be and lasts around 433 days, or just 1.2 years. Scientists originally calculated that this phenomenon should naturally run out of steam after 68 years unless some force keeps activating it. And this is precisely what appears to happen. NASA's Richard Gross says the principle causes of the wobble are fluctuating pressures on the bottom of the oceans, the result of changes in temperature, salinity and wind patterns. Dr Michael Tsimplis, from the Southampton Oceanography Centre, UK, says that the Gross theory is plausible. "Any stress you apply to the surface of the Earth can affect its axis," he said.

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