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Tsunami-hit Maldives declares emergency
Reuters UK ^ | 12-28-04 | http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=644607

Posted on 12/28/2004 9:57:38 AM PST by dr_pat

...Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has spent much of his 26 years in power warning of the dangers that global warming, erosion and shifting weather patterns pose to low-lying island nations like his own.

...Gayoom has appealed for international assistance.

"We still face the threat of sea level rise," he told Reuters in a recent interview. "There is encroachment of the sea on many islands, there is erosion of our beaches."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globalwarming; maldives; reuters; sumatraquake; tsunami
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How long did you think it would take? This story was posted at "17:49 GMT".
1 posted on 12/28/2004 9:57:38 AM PST by dr_pat
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To: dr_pat

And it's all Bush's fault.


2 posted on 12/28/2004 9:58:42 AM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: dr_pat

Thought it would have been SUV's


3 posted on 12/28/2004 9:59:13 AM PST by hadaclueonce (shoot low, they are riding Shetlands.....)
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To: Gunrunner2

If only President Bush had signed the Kyoto Treaty this never would have happened. </sarcasm>


4 posted on 12/28/2004 9:59:33 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: dr_pat

He must not have heard about the earthquake off Sumatra. News must travel slowly in his world...


5 posted on 12/28/2004 10:00:04 AM PST by Spok
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To: dr_pat

hmmmmmmmmmmm, no mention of Bush, I'm stunned, somehow, it's got to come back to Bush because EVERYTHING is his fault! NOT!


6 posted on 12/28/2004 10:00:11 AM PST by rockabyebaby (What goes around, comes around!)
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To: dr_pat

What's Halliburton's role in all of this?


7 posted on 12/28/2004 10:00:42 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Oh yeah - and F the french too!)
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To: dr_pat
Global warming causes earthquakes at the bottom of the Indian Ocean...

One good thing.

At least all pretense of truth has been abandoned by the crisis-pimps.

8 posted on 12/28/2004 10:00:59 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: dr_pat

Global warming caused an earthquake?


9 posted on 12/28/2004 10:01:08 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: dr_pat

It's my SUV's fault.


10 posted on 12/28/2004 10:01:19 AM PST by b4its2late (Sometimes too much to drink isn't enough.)
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To: dr_pat

Well, you have to admit, the timing is suspicious. ;-)


11 posted on 12/28/2004 10:01:23 AM PST by Allegra (Home, Sweet Home! God bless the USA!!)
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To: dr_pat
How long did you think it would take? This story was posted at "17:49 GMT".

Of course to get there you had to violate two posting rules.

ONE: You did not post the true headline (Tsunami-hit Maldives declares emergency)

TWO: Your posted headline is NOT supported in the article.

Why did you intentionally mislead?

12 posted on 12/28/2004 10:01:56 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: hadaclueonce

So the Earth got a suntan that started to get crackly, and this thus caused the 9.0 earthquake?

Yeah.

Maybe it also caused all the hurricanes and typhoons and those other Japan tsunamis this fall...mmmmhmmm...


13 posted on 12/28/2004 10:01:56 AM PST by The Teen Conservative
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To: dr_pat
somebody ahould point this guy to THIS post
Worst European Earthquake: 12/28/1908 [today in history:100K dead in quake, tsunami, cities leveled]
14 posted on 12/28/2004 10:02:52 AM PST by stylin19a (Marines - end of discussion)
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To: dr_pat

These people are just sick in the head.


15 posted on 12/28/2004 10:02:53 AM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
At least all pretense of truth has been abandoned by the crisis-pimps.

dr_pat is the crisis-pimp in this case for posting a misleading and inaccurate headline.

16 posted on 12/28/2004 10:03:29 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: dr_pat

That silly old global warming is very busy. It is also causing the exceptional cold North America weather of the last few weeks.


17 posted on 12/28/2004 10:04:05 AM PST by JSteff
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To: dr_pat
Gayoom demonstrates the destructive characteristic, hubris.

Nature has more power, shock and awe than we can even hope to imagine. Occasionally throughout history, Nature has shown that. And the world recovers. For mankind to think they have any significant power over global cooling or global warming is farcical. Mankind is just a speck on the planet.
18 posted on 12/28/2004 10:04:13 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: dr_pat
Scenario: You are leader of a small insignificant country. Your budget is strapped for dollars.

You have two choices:

1. Raise taxes on your countrymen and face being ousted from power.
2. Make liberals feel guilty so they will give you money, invite you to their parties to hear you voice your woes, give you money, invite you to their colleges to voice your woes, give you money, praise you to their friends and neighbors, give you money.

No Brainer!

19 posted on 12/28/2004 10:04:33 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kwanzaa is to the holiday season what Michael Jackson is to child care.)
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To: WildTurkey

I saw that too. Not what was said in the article.


20 posted on 12/28/2004 10:04:34 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Gunrunner2
Nope it was the wake turbulence of Santa's sleigh.
21 posted on 12/28/2004 10:04:45 AM PST by boomop1
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To: dr_pat
I don't see anywhere in the article where Gayoom says global warming caused the tsunamis.

All I see is where he has spent years warning about the dangers of global warming, etc to islands like his. That's a far cry from global warming = recent tsunamis.

22 posted on 12/28/2004 10:04:53 AM PST by gdani
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To: vpintheak; stylin19a

Did you read the article or just dr_pat's false headline?


23 posted on 12/28/2004 10:04:53 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: dr_pat

If the idiot leftists thought there was money in blaming this on little green men in flying saucers, believe me we would be awash in stories about them causing the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

The sad fact is that this is just a natural event in the life of the earth. It would have happened with or without SUVs. It would have happened with or without burning fossil fuels. It would have happened whether it was Sunday or Monday or any other day.

It would have happened regardless of saving the earth from greenhouse gas emissions or not. Just as hurricanes and tornados and thunderstorms and fires occur as the result of Mother Nature doing her thing, this earthquake and the resulting tsunami would still have happened.

After all, we have tracked quakes on other planets - what global warming/SUV/greenhouse gas/human intervention caused those events??

File this one away under "Things that make the Chicken Littles go Hmmmm!!"


24 posted on 12/28/2004 10:06:29 AM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: Admin Moderator

Admin Moderator, please pull this thread.....


25 posted on 12/28/2004 10:06:45 AM PST by Red Badger ( And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you FReep......)
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To: SF Republican
"Global warming caused an earthquake?"

I was thinking the same thing. This so called scientist needs to get a life. It was 5 degrees in northern NJ last night. Global warming my ass.

26 posted on 12/28/2004 10:08:24 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Never play leapfrog with a unicorn!)
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To: dr_pat

"There is encroachment of the sea on many islands, there is erosion of our beaches."

Move to Kansas your moroon.


27 posted on 12/28/2004 10:08:49 AM PST by Pondman88
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To: gdani

The sentiment is this : "We (poor island countries) are more vulnerable to tsunamis because USA created Global Warming has eroded our beaches and coastlines."


28 posted on 12/28/2004 10:09:29 AM PST by Guillermo ("But they're European cut vinyl pirate pants" - Rudy Canoza)
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To: hadaclueonce; Gunrunner2
I Blog BooksObviously it is America, the Great Satan, at fault! If only we would sign the Kyoto accords, there would be no more hurricanes, tsunami or kittens trapped in trees.

There would be only...



The Perfect Rovian Storm©

29 posted on 12/28/2004 10:09:43 AM PST by dr_pat (the boys i mean are not refined, they shake the mountains when they dance!)
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To: Guillermo
The sentiment is this : "We (poor island countries) are more vulnerable to tsunamis because USA created Global Warming has eroded our beaches and coastlines."

And that is not at all what the original poster was inferring with his original headline that read something to the effect of "global warming caused earthquake".

30 posted on 12/28/2004 10:11:58 AM PST by gdani
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To: gdani

I never spoke to as what the poster intended or did not intend.


31 posted on 12/28/2004 10:14:20 AM PST by Guillermo ("But they're European cut vinyl pirate pants" - Rudy Canoza)
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To: WildTurkey

read the article...why is the headline bogus ?

"At dawn, the most destructive earthquake in recorded European history strikes the Straits of Messina in southern Italy, leveling the cities of Messina in Sicily and Reggio di Calabria on the Italian mainland. The earthquake and tsunami it caused killed an estimated 100,000 people."


32 posted on 12/28/2004 10:19:04 AM PST by stylin19a (Marines - end of discussion)
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To: DustyMoment
I Blog BooksIf the idiot leftists thought there was money in blaming this on little green men in flying saucers, believe me we would be awash in stories about them causing the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

I've been watching the seismic news from Golden, CO since we heard about this. The Earth has been ringing like a bell. Swarms of small shocks in the Basin-and-Range extensional zone. It just blows me away that anyone can seriously think the [putative] increase of ocean depth by an inch or so would be sufficient to trigger this!

Of course we can excuse Maldives President Gayoom, at ground zero of a natural disaster. I am amazed, though, that Reuters felt his years of warning about the effects of global warming met the threshhold for news about the tsunami.
33 posted on 12/28/2004 10:21:59 AM PST by dr_pat (the boys i mean are not refined, they shake the mountains when they dance!)
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To: WildTurkey

doh ! i'm an idiot you meant the title in THIS thread...you are right..it's the writer's lame attempt trying to connect what Abdul Gayoom said to the current disaster.


34 posted on 12/28/2004 10:23:44 AM PST by stylin19a (Marines - end of discussion)
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read the article...why is the headline bogus ?

By the time you read it, the Moderator had changed it from the one that was originally posted to the true headline.

35 posted on 12/28/2004 10:24:29 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: stylin19a
read the article...why is the headline bogus ?

Where in the article does it state that it was caused by global warming as the original poster claimed in his false headline (now corrected).

36 posted on 12/28/2004 10:26:39 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: stylin19a

Please ignore my last two posts. thank you.


37 posted on 12/28/2004 10:28:41 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: WildTurkey
I read it, and it gets the jist of it pretty well. Why else would the "reporter" have put those things in an article about an earthquake?
38 posted on 12/28/2004 10:30:33 AM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: vpintheak
I read it, and it gets the jist of it pretty well.

NOWHERE in the article does it state that it was caused by global warming as the original thread headline stated.

39 posted on 12/28/2004 10:33:06 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: dr_pat
I am amazed, though, that Reuters felt his years of warning about the effects of global warming met the threshhold for news about the tsunami.

Ah Reuters - the alleged news service whose national anthem is "Feelings". If it supports a leftist cause, Reuters is all over it. Otherwise, it just isn't news worthy - such as stories attributing "global warming" (AKA junk science) on solar cycles.

I also don't blame Gayoom, he has a lot to lose and his nation has suffered terribly as the result of this tragedy. But the MSM news media, as represented by Reuters, doesn't surprise me a bit. Reporting real news would mean that someone had to get off of their butt and actually go out and get the real story.

It's much easier to write about rogue SUVs and global warming than discovering that SUVs have drivers like other vehicles and greenhouse gas emissions . . . . . . are the result of methane produced by cows farting in New Zealand.

Give me a break!
40 posted on 12/28/2004 10:38:08 AM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: dr_pat

Excellent pic


41 posted on 12/28/2004 11:28:49 AM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: dr_pat
I've been watching the seismic news from Golden, CO since we heard about this. The Earth has been ringing like a bell. Swarms of small shocks in the Basin-and-Range extensional zone. It just blows me away that anyone can seriously think the [putative] increase of ocean depth by an inch or so would be sufficient to trigger this!

Please clarify, I've been monitoring western quakes and haven't seen what you're describing. Intermountain seismic belt seems to be at normal levels as well as California.

42 posted on 12/28/2004 11:35:39 AM PST by Godzilla (You're jealous because the voices speak only to me.)
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To: dr_pat
>>> there is erosion of our beaches."<<<

Yep....that's what oceans do!

43 posted on 12/28/2004 12:00:28 PM PST by HardStarboard (PASS)
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To: reagan_fanatic
>>>What's Halliburton's role in all of this?<<<

There was actually a guy on radio (I think on Rush's Roger Hedgecock show)that tried to make a case that we are weakening the earth's crust by drilling for oil......

Halliburton helps oil drillers......

The Luddites are out in force - and they are picking up more and more adherents from the left!

44 posted on 12/28/2004 12:04:25 PM PST by HardStarboard (PASS)
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To: Godzilla
I Blog BooksI've been monitoring western quakes... Intermountain seismic belt seems to be at normal levels...

I use this USGS site, which will send me an eMail upon certain kinds of clustering activity, as well as quakes over a specified magnitude.
45 posted on 12/28/2004 1:42:01 PM PST by dr_pat (the boys i mean are not refined, they shake the mountains when they dance!)
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To: dr_pat
use this USGS site, which will send me an eMail upon certain kinds of clustering activity, as well as quakes over a specified magnitude.

That fine and good, I visit the site weekly as well as the CA site (since I live here) daily. There are no discernable upticks in activity. On the contrary, things appear to be quite normal and in CA on the quiet side. So please expand upon your statement that activity levels have increased (or how ever you phrased it in your earlier post). Thanks.

46 posted on 12/28/2004 1:48:10 PM PST by Godzilla (You're jealous because the voices speak only to me.)
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To: HardStarboard
I Blog Booksguy on radio (I think on Rush's Roger Hedgecock show)that tried to make a case that we are weakening the earth's crust by drilling for oil

In Science magazine in 1999, a warning was sounded about the dangers of drilling for oil on the ocean bottom. Specifically, two scientists were warning about the release of methane from clathrates contributing to further global warming, and the physical triggering of sea-floor quakes due to subsidence following removal of oil from the sea-bed layers, leading to tsunamis.

Halliburton was not mentioned, possibly because this warning occured in September 1999 [grin], and was a tiny quote in an article about China clamping down on mining.

Interestingly, this is the ONLY reference to present-day conditions that comes up in Scholar Google on this topic.
47 posted on 12/28/2004 1:57:05 PM PST by dr_pat (the boys i mean are not refined, they shake the mountains when they dance!)
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To: Godzilla
Basin-and-Range extensional faulting covers western California (e.g. Death Valley), Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and (fingers) up into the Snake River plain. Clusters of small quakes (1-2.5 Richter) were reported following the 9.0 temblor off Sumatra's coast on Boxing Day, peaking at times concordant with the expected arrival times for S, P and Rayleigh waves.

The frequency may be ultra-sub-sonic, but the Earth rang like a bell.
48 posted on 12/28/2004 2:18:19 PM PST by dr_pat (the boys i mean are not refined, they shake the mountains when they dance!)
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I am aware of the extent of the Basin and Range Provence. Triggering of minor earthquakes as a result of major quakes is not unknown, most recently documented after a recent Alaskan quake (with an interesting article on changes in geyser behavior in Yellowstone).

Clusters of small quakes (1-2.5 Richter) were reported following the 9.0 temblor off Sumatra's coast on Boxing Day, peaking at times concordant with the expected arrival times for S, P and Rayleigh waves.

Are you referring to seismograph stations throughout the region. All indeed did record the multiple waves generated Dec 26. If that is what you are talking about, then I fully agree that the earth was ringing like a bell as all the seismic waves bounced throughout the earth.

However, the USGS website does not show the numbers you are inferring and perhaps the arrivals of the Sumatra waves generated initial false readings until reviewed by the seismological staff. Since the sites keep track of epicenters for a period of one week, all these should still be posted. New Mexico is quiet, same for most of Idaho (minus Yellowstone Park area)and northern NV is quiet. The Utah-Montana sub map shows only 3 quakes originating on Dec 26. The S.CA, NV, UT submap shows approximately the same number of posted quakes before and after Dec 26. The current USGS postings do not support these clusterings of 1-2.5 range quakes unless you are refrain to something else not posted on these maps. Please clarify.

49 posted on 12/28/2004 2:46:59 PM PST by Godzilla (You're jealous because the voices speak only to me.)
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To: dr_pat

I guess no one told the maldives president about the little 9.0 earthquake that caused this.


50 posted on 12/28/2004 2:49:07 PM PST by oceanview
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