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Diego Garcia
My son

Posted on 12/27/2004 3:59:26 AM PST by margieelisabeth

They are all FINE on Diego Garcia, the quake wasn't even felt. My son is stationed there and we recieved an email from him last night. This is also a small bit of information that may help us all understand why a tsunami most likely (never say never) could hit there.

Diego Garcia is at the top of the Chagos Trench located just to our east (hence the island chain name of Chagos Archipelago). This trench is very deep and the steepness of the grade from the trench to the top of the island does not allow tsunamis to build up before they were to come on shore.


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KEYWORDS: diegogarcia; earthquake; militarybases; sumatraquake; tsunami
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1 posted on 12/27/2004 3:59:26 AM PST by margieelisabeth
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To: margieelisabeth

Thanks for the info.


2 posted on 12/27/2004 4:01:03 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Those who proclaim tolerance, have the least for my views.)
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To: margieelisabeth

Well, it looks like are dirt aircraft carrier could hold its own.


3 posted on 12/27/2004 4:01:56 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: margieelisabeth

Some good news out of this awful situation. There was considerable concern for DG. Thanks for the information.


4 posted on 12/27/2004 4:02:11 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: margieelisabeth

Very interesting info. My son was also stationed on Diego Garcia - for years, because he kept requesting to go back. He loved it because he's a big fisherman, and there's some impressive fish hanging out around there. When he wasn't flying, he was fishing.

Good luck to your son, and I'm glad he was able to get in touch with you. Hope he likes fishing!


5 posted on 12/27/2004 4:03:04 AM PST by livius
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To: Bon mots
Well, it looks like are dirt aircraft carrier could hold its own.

Ooops.

Well, it looks like OUR dirt aircraft carrier could hold its own.

Note to self: Read TWICE, post ONCE.

6 posted on 12/27/2004 4:03:11 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: livius

Apparently there are still tons of fish there! This was in his note. "AFETS and Safety caught 50 lbs of fish Thursday and we had them cooked up, yellow fin tuna, sweet lips, red snapper, and grouper."..

My son loves to fish too..And snorkel, which I guess is perfect there too. I wonder if they need a spare mom there??? *grin*


7 posted on 12/27/2004 4:19:46 AM PST by margieelisabeth
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To: margieelisabeth
MargieElisabeth, thank you very much for posting this note of good news. God Bless your son and thank you and him for his service to our country! Thank God all are well in his locale.
8 posted on 12/27/2004 4:23:42 AM PST by bd476
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To: Bon mots

Doesn't belong to the US. It's British Indian Ocean Territory.


9 posted on 12/27/2004 4:25:45 AM PST by Tommyjo
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To: margieelisabeth

Good news. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 12/27/2004 4:25:47 AM PST by aBootes
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To: margieelisabeth

Thanks for posting this.


11 posted on 12/27/2004 4:28:03 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: margieelisabeth

Thanks so much for that update.


12 posted on 12/27/2004 4:28:45 AM PST by Peach
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To: margieelisabeth

"AFETS and Safety caught 50 lbs of fish Thursday and we had them cooked up, yellow fin tuna, sweet lips, red snapper, and grouper.".."

I am so jealous!


13 posted on 12/27/2004 4:32:06 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: margieelisabeth

". I wonder if they need a spare mom there??? *grin*"

I was reading the DG website last night and saw that they only accept unattached service folk for duty.

No marrieds, couples or kids.


14 posted on 12/27/2004 4:34:06 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: margieelisabeth

Thank you for letting us know this good news.


15 posted on 12/27/2004 4:36:47 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Bon mots

Actually, it's not ours, it's the Brits.

But as they're our best ally on the planet, they let us use it. . .


16 posted on 12/27/2004 4:41:23 AM PST by Salgak (don't mind me: the orbital mind control lasers are making me write this. . .)
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To: Rebelbase

Yes thats true, I guess my posting should have read something like "Den mother" or Dorm mom.

Since they live in tents and its a small island, no families. My son left a 2 month old baby (and her first Christmas) to be there. But such is Military life. I grew up an Air Force Brat and wouldn't change a thing. There is definately more good then bad. We're proud of all our servicemen and women....


17 posted on 12/27/2004 4:41:33 AM PST by margieelisabeth
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To: margieelisabeth

Tell him to watch out for Hector...


18 posted on 12/27/2004 4:42:24 AM PST by Poseidon
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To: margieelisabeth

welcome..thanks fopr the info...glad you signed up to post such good news..


19 posted on 12/27/2004 4:48:34 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Poseidon

Ok, just sent him email warning him about Hector. (I'm sure that will get me an interesting email back). Who or what is Hector??


20 posted on 12/27/2004 4:48:37 AM PST by margieelisabeth
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To: Bon mots

Don't be so hard on yourself..Consider slack being cut..(G)


21 posted on 12/27/2004 4:49:27 AM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
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To: Bon mots
Well, it looks like are dirt aircraft carrier could hold its own.

This if are was the and so if not.

22 posted on 12/27/2004 4:51:33 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: margieelisabeth

This is the news I have been searching for--thank you for the update! Thank God your son is safe.


23 posted on 12/27/2004 4:52:14 AM PST by NautiNurse
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To: ken5050

If we don't mock 'em, who while?


24 posted on 12/27/2004 4:52:47 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: margieelisabeth

Found this while surfing, lots of salty language.

War Stories from Paradise (Diego Garcia) http://www.zianet.com/tedmorris/dg/80.html


25 posted on 12/27/2004 5:00:30 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: StayAt HomeMother

There ya' go!


26 posted on 12/27/2004 5:00:43 AM PST by snopercod (Bigger government means clinton won. Less freedom means Osama won. Get it?)
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To: NautiNurse

Sigh of relief. It was alarming to read on FR yesterday that Diego's highest point was 20 feet.


27 posted on 12/27/2004 5:03:17 AM PST by cloud8
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To: margieelisabeth
Thanks, a lot, for posting this. I have many friends who are TDY in DG, and I've been there many times, myself. I was greatly concerned. Again...thanks.

TheRaven
28 posted on 12/27/2004 5:07:37 AM PST by RavenATB
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To: margieelisabeth

Good news indeed!


29 posted on 12/27/2004 5:24:05 AM PST by Solamente
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To: margieelisabeth

Thanks, God bless you, your son and all yours.


30 posted on 12/27/2004 5:30:44 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Uday and Qusay are ead-day.)
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To: margieelisabeth

To: Poseidon
Ok, just sent him email warning him about Hector. (I'm sure that will get me an interesting email back). Who or what is Hector??

20 posted on 12/27/2004 4:48:37 AM PST by margieelisabeth

Hector is a very large shark known to be lurking around the lagoon at times.....


31 posted on 12/27/2004 5:31:22 AM PST by FDNYRHEROES
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To: margieelisabeth

I would have guessed it was the currents, Diego Garcia is just below the equator and the water flows against the wave from Sumatra...


32 posted on 12/27/2004 5:37:12 AM PST by RaceBannon (Jesus: Born of the Jews, through the Jews, for the sins of the World!)
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To: livius

You son REQUESTED to go there???

Well, he got to save a ton of money, thats for sure, there is NOTHING to do there except fish, swim, watch tv, listen to shortwave...get freeflights to wherever American MAC flights are going that day...


33 posted on 12/27/2004 5:38:46 AM PST by RaceBannon (Jesus: Born of the Jews, through the Jews, for the sins of the World!)
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To: RaceBannon; margieelisabeth

I think you really have to LOVE fishing to want to be there. He said that it has sort of ruined him for fishing back here, though. He lives in Northern California, so when he goes offshore it's cold and rough, and there are no huge exotic species coming up on their rods.


34 posted on 12/27/2004 5:47:13 AM PST by livius
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To: margieelisabeth; Flyer

When you posted this I slapped my head and said I could've had a V8!?!?!?!

All kidding aside I am glad they are ok...

I have been to the "Footprint of Freedom" many times when I was in the Navy back in the 80's...

All that was there back then was a sorry excuse for an American temporary bearthing for transient personnel...A hospital/clinic manned by both American and British personnel (permanently billeted, echhhh) and a rather large runway capable of handling pretty much anything we could fly in there...With plenty of sharks to clean up stuff on the ends of the runoff of that runway...hehehe (local joke)

Ohhh, almost forgot...A couple of British pubs...(invitation only!!!)

Good thing we had our own Alcohol Support Unit (ASU) down the path/road from them...hehehe

Pitchers of beer were .25 cents...hehehe

Hey! What else were we going to do???

Having been there in that part of the world it hurts to see those places and those people where I stood on the very beach (Patong Beach) and know some very bad things happened to some of them...

It is amazing how slow the story developed over here after it happened...

I hope all continues to go well for you...


35 posted on 12/27/2004 5:51:08 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans)
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To: margieelisabeth

Good news! Thank you for letting us know.


36 posted on 12/27/2004 5:52:33 AM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: margieelisabeth

Dear mom: Most people with a minimum education would not worry about an earthquake hitting Diego Garcia. It is the location and the shape of the nearest coastlines and their effect on a tsunami wave resulting from a very seismically active area, the Pacific Ocean, that's the problem.


37 posted on 12/27/2004 5:55:00 AM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.)
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To: Publius6961

I agree, I wasn't concerned about the earthquake itself. Living in Los Angeles since 1979 we've been through a few of our own 'big ones'...The tsunami was my concern.


38 posted on 12/27/2004 6:07:11 AM PST by margieelisabeth
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To: Bon mots

Are sounded nice.


39 posted on 12/27/2004 6:17:45 AM PST by brooklin (gone pondering)
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To: margieelisabeth

Good morning & welcome to FreeRepublic. Thanks so much for posting this. My husband and I were just saying again this morning, "But what about Diego Garcia?"

This is most welcome news. And congratulations on that new little granddaughter!


40 posted on 12/27/2004 6:40:08 AM PST by nana4bush
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To: margieelisabeth
I'm glad Diego Garcia made it through safely! I was very worried that the tsunami would wash up on the island and cause considerable damage, especially given that the straight line from DG to the earthquake epicenter is open ocean.
41 posted on 12/27/2004 7:01:32 AM PST by RayChuang88
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To: margieelisabeth
The deep water would prevent tsunami buildup to be sure. Also, DG would by its very nature be designed so that it could be buttoned up pretty tight in case of attack. A tsumami from Indonesia would give several hours warning. It really never was much of a risk.

-Eric

42 posted on 12/27/2004 7:57:52 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: margieelisabeth
Who or what is Hector??

Hector is a 28+ foot hammerhead shark that used to live in the lagoon on Diego. It's been awhile so he may be gone by now but I'm sure the legend lives on. And there's truth to it. I saw a picture taken over the side of a ship. There was a 28 foot work boat along side the ship and you could just make out the image of Hector in the water. By the way, he was longer than the work boat...

43 posted on 12/27/2004 8:10:27 AM PST by Poseidon
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To: livius

Fishing stories and photos from DG

http://www.zianet.com/tedmorris/dg/fishing.html


44 posted on 12/27/2004 8:46:16 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: Rebelbase

Woohoo! Thanks - I'm forwarding it to the Big Fisherman himself! He'll probably want to reenlist.


45 posted on 12/27/2004 8:50:30 AM PST by livius
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To: margieelisabeth

Welcome to FR! What a wonderful first post! Thanks for setting a lot of minds at ease about our military over there.


46 posted on 12/27/2004 8:55:51 AM PST by kayak (Merry CHRISTmas!)
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To: kayak

I'd like to thank everyone for making this a good experience for me, it was my first post on any board, but I was just so thrilled about things being ok, AND after knowing how disapointed I was in not finding any information out myself till I heard from my son, there just wasn't any hesitation in posting so anyone concerned could find out the good news. Some of the posts have given me goosebumps because I know in the 'sighs' and thank you's, there is deep relief (just as I felt). And those make me smile 'almost' as much as the email did. Thanks again! And I'll continue to try and post on things that come up but hopefully nothing as worrisome or heartbreaking as what happened over the weekend. Happy New Year everyone.


47 posted on 12/27/2004 3:44:25 PM PST by margieelisabeth
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To: NautiNurse

You're very welcome!


48 posted on 12/27/2004 3:56:18 PM PST by margieelisabeth
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To: Bon mots

No no...read twice, post twice, that way it'll help you remember what you said. (Its an age thing)


49 posted on 12/27/2004 3:57:16 PM PST by margieelisabeth
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To: margieelisabeth

Happy New Year, margieelisabeth! Those of us who have connections with Diego Garcia were thrilled by this thread!


50 posted on 12/27/2004 3:58:36 PM PST by livius
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