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  • Weather Wars?

    09/01/2005 6:09:36 AM PDT · by al_c · 23 replies · 839+ views
    weatherwars.info ^ | Scott Stevens
    "Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations.It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that's why this is so important." [Secretary of Defense William Cohen at an April 1997 counterterrorism conference sponsored by former Senator Sam Nunn. Quoted from DoD News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Q&A at the...
  • Prepare for the Lord's Return! 5 Days in Heaven and Hell

    02/28/2011 10:25:53 AM PST · by Quix · 384 replies · 2+ views
    QUIX: SHORT EXCERPTS ARE OFFERED IN A SORT OF EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FIRST--THEN THE ENTIRE NARRATIVE AS AVAILABLE AT SPIRITLESSONS.COM I found this to be another anointed, Biblical narrative about a very convincing Heavenly visitation--actually, as usual, to hell, too. There's an item or 3 in this one to potentially trouble the RC's and Maryolators, . . . as well as some potentially troubling things for some Calvinists, however. Read at your own risk. Those exposed to The Truth are responsible before God for what they do about and with The Truth.On the other hand, ignorance affords no eternal protection....
  • A metric ton of new polling today

    10/06/2010 7:14:44 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 13 replies
    Redstate.com ^ | Wednesday, October 6th at 8:00PM EDT | Neil Stevens
    Good evening. We have a great deal of new polling that’s flooded in. Much of it is interesting too, so rather than pick and choose which polls I’ll cover in depth and which I will omit, instead I’ll give a quick look at all the good ones. We’ve got Senate races in Nevada, Connecticut, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Missouri, and Delaware, plus races for Governor in Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Hawaii, and Florida. I told you it was a lot.
  • Goal: 100 House Seats

    09/27/2010 4:54:17 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 52 replies
    DickMorris.com ^ | 9.27.10 | Dick Morris
    The only limit on Republican gains in the midterm elections is that the GOP may be aiming too low. There are dozens of additional House seats we may be able to win if we would just adjust our sights upward. An analysis of the published polling data on eighty House races indicates that there are 54 districts now represented by Democrats in which Republicans are now ahead and another 19 where they are within five points and where the Democratic incumbent is under 50% of the vote. That’s 73 likely wins. (The undecided vote always goes against the incumbent, so...
  • Chilean Seaside Resort of Pelluhue Has Been Washed Away; Municipality Had About 1,000 Residents

    02/28/2010 9:39:39 AM PST · by Steelfish · 82 replies · 9,181+ views
    February 28, 2010
    BREAKING NEWS-Wall St. Journal Ticker Chilean seaside resort of Pelluhue has been washed away; municipality had about 1,000 residents
  • Tidal wave heading for English Channel poses 'extreme danger to life'(!!)

    11/08/2007 12:40:51 PM PST · by Squidpup · 222 replies · 798+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | November 8, 2007 | Daily Mail
    A three-metre tidal surge is predicted to surge down the English Channel in the next 12 hours posing an "extreme danger to life and property", experts have warned. Coupled with storms and high tides, the wave could leave swathes of the east coast under water, according to the Environment Agency. A combination of gale force winds off the coast of Scotland and high tides are expected to cause floods which could breach sea defences. • Nine severe flood warnings issued by Environment Agency • Surge expected to hit east coast in next 12 hours • Police on standby to evacuate...
  • Breaking News >> 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Western Indonesia

    10/24/2007 2:45:24 PM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 10 replies · 79+ views
    Fox News.com ^ | 10/24/2007 | FoxNews
    just breaking. head for the hills.
  • Did an Asteroid Impact Cause an Ancient Tsunami?

    11/15/2006 8:00:40 PM PST · by djf · 55 replies · 1,597+ views
    NYT ^ | Nov 14 2006 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    At the southern end of Madagascar lie four enormous wedge-shaped sediment deposits, called chevrons, that are composed of material from the ocean floor. Each covers twice the area of Manhattan with sediment as deep as the Chrysler Building is high. On close inspection, the chevron deposits contain deep ocean microfossils that are fused with a medley of metals typically formed by cosmic impacts. And all of them point in the same direction — toward the middle of the Indian Ocean where a newly discovered crater, 18 miles in diameter, lies 12,500 feet below the surface. The explanation is obvious to...
  • Japan Meteorological Society: 8.1 Earthquake hits northern part of Japan (Tsunami warning issued!)

    11/15/2006 3:43:02 AM PST · by tsmith130 · 252 replies · 11,675+ views
    11/15/2006
    Fox News Alert: Pacific side residents told to get to higher ground.
  • Eerie Underwater Recording of Deadly Indonesian Earthquake

    07/23/2005 4:03:54 AM PDT · by bd476 · 74 replies · 3,264+ views
    Yahoo News & LiveScience.com ^ | July 22, 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    Sound from last December's huge tsunami-causing earthquake was picked up by underwater microphones designed to listen for nuclear explosions. Scientists this week released an audio file of the frighteningly long-lasting cracks and splits along the Sumatra-Andaman Fault in the Indian Ocean. The spine-tingling hiss and rumble is an eerie reminder of the devastation and death that is still being tallied in the largest natural disaster in modern times. At least 200,000 people are thought to have died as a result of the magnitude 9.3 earthquake, the tsunami, and the lack of food, drinkable water and medical supplies that followed. The...
  • Tsunami, The Town Left Without Women

    01/11/2005 11:17:03 PM PST · by XHogPilot · 16 replies · 1,151+ views
    London Times Online ^ | January 12, 2005 | Richard Lloyd Parry
    Tsunami, The Town Left Without Women By Richard Lloyd Parry in Indonesia A community of 6,000 woke up to find the tsunami had swept away its womenfolk WHEN the survivors of Lampuuk had picked themselves up out of the mud of the tsunami, several appalling facts became clear. The first was that their town no longer existed. The second was that four out of five of its former inhabitants were dead. But it took a while to realise the strangest thing of all: that among those who made it to higher ground, or who kept their heads above the surging...
  • 'Determined not to die'

    01/09/2005 2:01:55 PM PST · by ncoaster · 23 replies · 1,216+ views
    Edmonton Sun ^ | Sun, January 9, 2005 | AP
    HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong-based Briton survived the deadly tsunami that devastated Thailand's coastlines by abandoning a pregnant woman clinging to him and later smashing his knee cap when his leg was trapped underwater, a Hong Kong newspaper reported today. Scotsman Andrew Keith, 35, was swept away by waves that inundated the Thai resort island Phra Thong and found himself weighed down by a pregnant Swedish woman who wrapped her arms around him, the South China Morning Post reported. "It was like being in a washing machine. We were being tumbled over and over under the water." "As the...
  • Hugh Hewitt: Who's Stingy Now?

    01/08/2005 2:17:25 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 1,941+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 7, 2005 | Hugh Hewitt
    The United Nations fritters away money while the American military steps in to help the hopeless in southeast Asia.IF YOU'RE GETTING OVER being steamed at Norwegian U.N. apparatchik Jan Egeland, who a week ago thought the U.S. response to the tsunami "stingy," then you need to check in at The Diplomad, a tremendous blog run by a State Department careerist serving abroad and which has done more for the reputation of State among conservatives in the past few months than 20 years of Council of Foreign Relations meets and greets. Short summary: Your worst fears about the United Nations are...
  • Tsunami realities: Most in need are least likely to get help - (Stark, sobering facts.)

    01/06/2005 9:13:26 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 385+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | JANUARY 6, 2005 | GEORGE FRIEDMAN
    I was awakened just after dawn by the person who had duty that morning telling me there had been an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale in the Indian Ocean, and that a tidal wave had already hit some coastal areas. I was told that about over 1,000 people were reported dead. An 8.9 earthquake is an extraordinary event. We knew that there had been a tidal wave. We also knew that first reports in major disasters normally underestimated casualties. The reason is simple. In a really bad disaster, the first thing to go down are communications. The areas...
  • Kolbe to see tsunami disaster area, sees two phases for funding

    01/06/2005 8:47:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 280+ views
    WASHINGTON - The United States has to be prepared to support two phases of disaster relief in the area hit hard by the Dec. 26 tsunami, U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe said Wednesday. The most expensive part, he said, will be the portion involving rebuilding. The Arizona Republican, who is the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's Foreign Operations subcommittee, will be visiting the tsunami disaster area of Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand within a week after going to Antarctica. He is reviewing science projects while in Antarctica. The congressman left Wednesday night. The U.S. government is providing a great deal...
  • Tsunami Victims Benefit Most from U.S. Citizenry

    01/04/2005 8:48:33 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 375+ views
    CFP ^ | January 4, 2004 | Nancy Savato
    The intention of the framers of the U.S. Constitution was to create a strong federal government, limited in authority by specific enumerated powers divided among three separate branches of government; providing a built in system of checks and balances. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the people authorized the government to tax and spend their hard earned dollars on whatever the government deems is best for the country. No, their authority was to be concerned with things such as; treaties with foreign governments, providing for the defense for our citizens, protecting the citizens’ rights to life, liberty, and...
  • Oil Prices Skid as U.S. Winter Stays Mild ($42.59/bbl)

    01/03/2005 2:10:18 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 626+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 3, 2005
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices slid on Monday on expectations that more mild U.S. weather at the start of the New Year will limit heating oil demand. U.S. oil prices (CLc1: Quote, Profile, Research) dropped 79 cents to $42.66 a barrel by midday trading in Asia. London's International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) was shut for a holiday and will reopen on Tuesday. The winter has been unusually warm thus far in the U.S. Northeast, the world's biggest heating oil market, and normal to above-normal temperatures are expected to prevail over the next few days, forecasters Meteorlogix said. "Weather has been the...
  • Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake - OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA

    12/25/2004 5:46:26 PM PST · by bd476 · 1,395 replies · 46,033+ views
    USGS Earthquake Hazards ^ | 2004 December 26 00:58:55 UTC
    Magnitude 8.1 - OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA 2004 December 26 00:58:55 UTC Preliminary Earthquake Report West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS A great earthquake occurred at 00:58:55 (UTC) on Sunday, December 26, 2004. The magnitude 8.1 event has been located OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) Magnitude 8.1 Date-Time Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 00:58:55 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 6:58:55 AM = local time at epicenter Location 3.400°N, 95.700°E Depth 40 km (24.9 miles) set by location program Region OFF THE...
  • Quake toll at 120,000 as $500m is pledged

    12/31/2004 2:29:34 PM PST · by Pikamax · 10 replies · 334+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 12/31/04 | Financial Times Reporters
    Quake toll at 120,000 as $500m is pledged By Financial Times Reporters Published: December 31 2004 02:00 | Last updated: December 31 2004 02:00 Aid pledges for victims of the Asian tsunami disaster topped more than $500m (£261m) yesterday as the official death toll passed 120,000. Aid groups reported receiving donations on an unprecedented scale, with large sums pledged over the internet. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies created a website to handle the volume of donations for its €53m (£38m) initial appeal. The Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella for UK charities, said it received more...
  • On Phuket, disaster's just an inconvenience to rich who gripe about views, bubbly

    12/31/2004 11:22:32 AM PST · by M 91 u2 K · 132 replies · 3,339+ views
    The Daily News ^ | 12/31/04 | RAFAEL D. FRANKEL
    PHUKET, Thailand - While volunteers struggled to collect bodies washing up on the once-pristine beaches of this upscale resort isle, ghoulish tourists rolled out their towels yesterday, doffed their bikini tops and vacationed like nothing had happened. On Patong Beach and Kata Beach - where hundreds died or disappeared four days ago - the smell of suntan lotion wafted from the shore as a new influx of tourists determinedly ignored the carnage around them, frolicking in the surf or reading under umbrellas. An indignant Russian who arrived at the Novotel Phuket Resort on the day after the tsunami loudly complained...
  • Waves of destruction wash away belief in God's benevolence

    12/31/2004 4:29:45 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 123 replies · 2,345+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 12/30/04 | Edward Spence
    Compassion is the best response when humanity faces the problem of evil, writes Edward Spence."Why did you do this to us, God? What did we do to upset you?" asked a woman in India this week, a heart-wrenching question asked in common these past few days by Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Christians. Nothing could have prepared us for what happened when the tsunami unleashed its terror. So we seek answers where answers are hard to come by, in either secular or sacred realms. Traditionally, the Judeo-Christian God, considered the most supreme and perfect being in the universe, has been ascribed...
  • China offers extra US$;60.5m aid to tsunami victims

    12/31/2004 1:24:30 AM PST · by Pussy_Cat · 2 replies · 437+ views
    BEIJING (AFX) - Premier Wen Jiabao increased China's aid to tsunami hit nations around the Indian Ocean by 60.5 mln usd, Xinhua news agency reported. Wen made the announcement when meeting the ambassadors to China from the countries of South and Southeast Asia that were hit by sunday's devastating tidal wave that has so far killed nearly 125,000 people. China on tuesday announced a 2.6 mln usd aid package, but said it would reconsider the funding when the full extent of the disaster became known.
  • The Tsunami, Satellite Images, BEFORE AND AFTER. AMAZING!! (Warning: Graphic images downthread)

    12/30/2004 11:21:35 PM PST · by crushelits · 187 replies · 113,562+ views
    crushelits | Dec. 30, 2004 | crushelits
    A satellite image taken Dec. 29, 2004, shows an overview of Aceh province in the western Indonesian island of Sumatra. The area absorbed the double shock of the world's worst earthquake in 40 years coupled with the resulting catastrophic tsunami BEFORE: This detailed view of the northern tip of the island was taken on Jan 10, 2003 AFTER: A photo taken of the same area on Jan. 29, 2004, shows the extreme destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami. On Thursday, Indonesian officials issued a new death toll of nearly 80,000 for that country alone.   BEFORE: This detailed...
  • Those who lost so much give all to their foreign guests (Thailand)

    12/30/2004 8:29:12 PM PST · by killjoy · 16 replies · 828+ views
    A Swedish woman and her daughter, survivors of the tsunami, were walking barefoot along a street in Phuket on Monday when a Thai woman stopped them. "She took off her shoes and insisted I take them," the tourist said. "I tried to tell her I was all right, I was fortunate, I had not lost my family, but she insisted I take them. And then she bought a pair of shoes for my daughter. I tried to pay her but she would not take the money, even though I am sure she had much less than me." There has been...
  • Killer waves, then a day on the beach

    12/30/2004 11:05:39 AM PST · by kahoutek · 74 replies · 3,575+ views
    The Advertiser ^ | 31dec04 | OLINKA KOSTER
    IT seems almost impossible. Just days after the tidal wave disaster, one of the devastated beaches was returning to normal yesterday. On Sunday, Patong Beach was hit by a wall of water that swept into Phuket, claiming at least 120 lives. Parasols, chairs, and other beach paraphernalia were swept to the top of the tree-lined beach, dragging helpless holidaymakers with them. It was at this beach that six-month-old Melina Heppell, of Perth, disappeared from her father's arms when the huge wave struck. For some tourists yesterday, however, the tragedy was becoming a memory, albeit a vivid one, as they made...
  • Bush 'presumes' U.S. warning system is adequate

    12/30/2004 9:07:30 AM PST · by M 91 u2 K · 25 replies · 785+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/29/04 | Corbett B. Daly
    Bush 'presumes' U.S. warning system is adequate By Corbett B. Daly Last Updated: 12/29/2004 4:04:35 PM WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) -- President Bush said he presumes the U.S. warning system for tsunamis and other natural disasters is in working order, but he stopped short of definitively backing the infrastructure currently in place. "I presume that we are in pretty good shape. I think our location in the world is such that we may be less vulnerable than other parts, but I am not a geologist, as you know," Bush told reporters in Crawford, Texas. "I can't answer your question specifically: Do we...
  • Tsunami Could Hit Here, Geologists Say

    12/30/2004 9:02:59 AM PST · by M 91 u2 K · 113 replies · 2,540+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 12/29/04 | JEREMY SMERD
    Tsunami Could Hit Here, Geologists Say BY JEREMY SMERD - Special to the Sun December 29, 2004 Could New York be next? The earthquake that ravaged coastline communities surrounding the Indian Ocean has reawakened a debate over the possibility that a tsunami could hit New York.
  • Oil Prices Ease, But Up 32 Pct in 2004 ($42.85/bbl)

    12/30/2004 2:22:51 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 1,240+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 30, 2004
    LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Thursday, after rising nearly $2 the previous session as two car bombs in Saudi Arabia rekindled fears over Middle East supply security, one of the factors behind this year's 32 percent rally. In the last trading day of 2004 for U.S. oil (CLc1: Quote, Profile, Research) , prices were down 69 cents at $42.95 a barrel -- more than $10 higher than the beginning of the year, but $12 below the contract's all-time high of $55.67 a barrel on Oct. 25. A 4.5 percent rally on Wednesday was also driven by a draw...
  • Tsunami Warning - Asia per Fox News...

    12/29/2004 10:15:44 PM PST · by kcvl · 423 replies · 11,357+ views
    That is all I heard. I'll post more if I hear it.
  • Sri Lanka's envoy thanks Russia for help

    12/29/2004 12:23:14 PM PST · by jb6 · 1 replies · 290+ views
    Itar-Tass ^ | 29.12.2004, 16.02
    MOSCOW, December 29 (Itar-Tass) - Sri Lankian Ambassador Wijekoon Mudiyanselage Ukkubanda Wijekoon thanked Russia for its quick assistance in overcoming the consequences of the tidal waves that had hit his country. It is the biggest tragedy for the country. A tremendous number of people died in one day -- more than 21,000 -- while over one million were hurt. In some areas, tidal waves swept several kilometers into the country, according to the envoy. Immediately after the disaster, Sri Lanka's President Candrika Kumaratunga announced the whole territory of the country a zone of calamity and requested the world community to...
  • Oil Edges Up to $42 Ahead of U.S. Data (41.74/bbl)

    12/29/2004 3:56:53 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 429+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 29, 2004
    LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices edged higher for the second day on Wednesday ahead of U.S. government data expected to show a slight decline in winter heating fuel stocks. Lower-than-usual temperatures probably caused distillate fuel stockpiles to fall last week, a Reuters survey found, and they would still be in a double-digit deficit versus last year. U.S. light crude oil futures were up 15 cents at $41.92 a barrel by 5:28 a.m. EST, building on Tuesday's 45 cent rise. London's Brent crude fell by $1.47 a barrel to $38.60, catching with heavy U.S. losses earlier this week when the London...
  • Life cheaper than warning system (Tsunami)

    12/29/2004 12:57:49 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 822+ views
    Times of India ^ | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2004 | SAMIRAN CHAKRAWERTTI
    end, it was about 90 helpless minutes between the earthquake in Indonesia and the waves hitting India - because critical technology was lacking - that made all the difference to those affected by Sunday's killer tsunami. In the aftermath of that crucial hour and a half, it's almost criminal to hear the government griping about the "high costs" of joining the tsunami warning system. According to Charles McCreery, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's center in Honolulu, "Most of those people could have been saved if they had a tsunami warning system in place or tide gauges," he...
  • Oil Prices Edge Cautiously Higher ($41.40/bbl)

    12/28/2004 2:15:56 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 276+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 28, 2004
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices edged cautiously higher on Tuesday, attempting to stem a fall of more than 10 percent in the last five sessions amid rising U.S. stockpiles and warmer-than-expected weather. U.S. light crude oil futures were up 39 cents at $41.71 a barrel by 2:53 a.m. EST, taking a breather after Monday's more than 6 percent slump in holiday-thinned trade. London's International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) was shut for a bank holiday on Tuesday. Prices fell nearly $5 a barrel in as many days as an increase in U.S. distillate inventories and revised weather forecasts calling for above-average temperatures...
  • Human Activities Contributed to Tsunami's Ravages: Environmental Expert (Here It Comes)

    12/27/2004 4:03:18 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 51 replies · 2,833+ views
    AFP via Yapoo ^ | 12/27/04 | AP
    PARIS (AFP) - Human activities, notably the building of coastal resorts and the destruction of natural protection, contributed to the enormous loss of life from killer tidal waves that hit the shores of the Indian Ocean after an earthquake, an environmental expert said. Jeff McNeely, chief scientist of the Swiss-based World Conservation Union (IUCN), who lived for several years in Indonesia and Thailand, two of the countries hit by Sunday's disaster, said it was "nothing new for nature" in a geologically active region. "What has made this a disaster is that people have started to occupy part of the landscape...
  • [BitPig] S. Asia Tsunami Disaster — How You Can Help

    12/27/2004 8:21:29 PM PST · by B-Chan · 25 replies · 2,585+ views
    BitPig Online ^ | 2004.12.27 | BitPig [ B-Chan]
    The magnitude of human suffering caused by the 26 December South Asian Tsunami Disaster is only now becoming apparent. Tens of thousands are dead, entire communities have been washed out to sea with all souls, already crumbling drainage systems have been swamped, drinkable water sources have been contaminated, and housing has been destroyed on a massive scale. The need of the victims of this nightmare for medical supplies, fuel, food, water, and dry goods is immense, and will only grow in scope. It is our duty to help in this time of crisis. Funds are the immediate need. To this...
  • Women with local ties survive Thailand surge (Illinois)

    12/27/2004 4:40:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 648+ views
    State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) ^ | Monday, December 27, 2004 | CHRIS WETTERICH
    Four central Illinois parents got a scare late Saturday when they learned their two daughters were stuck in the tidal waves that killed thousands of people over the weekend in South Asia. When the tsunamis hit, the two women, Maria Cicci, 24, and Gina Will, 23, were on a beach vacation with two other women on Thailand's Phuket Island during the Christmas holiday. Cicci and Will work as English teachers in Ashikaga, Japan, Springfield's sister city. Bernie and Lin Will got a phone call from their daughter about 8 a.m. Thai time to tell them that everything was going well....
  • August 29, 1916, The armoured cruiser U.S.S. Memphis is lost to a Tsunami in Santo Domingo Harbor.

    12/27/2004 3:16:10 PM PST · by XRdsRev · 13 replies · 1,275+ views
    The USS Memphis was a large armoured cruiser of 18,000 tons, originally named the Tennessee, and launched on 3 December 1904. Her boilers were coal-fired and she had two reciprocating engines which gave her a speed of 23 knots. Her main armament consisted of four ten-inch guns in twin turrets, and when she was commissioned these guns could outrange those of any battleship in existence. Her subsidiary armament included 16 six-inch and 22 three-inch guns. She was renamed Memphis in 1916 to release the name Tennessee for a battleship (BB43) which was then under construction. Many of the dock workers...
  • quake-hit Asia gets U.N. Epidemic warning...

    12/27/2004 8:46:38 AM PST · by television is just wrong · 9 replies · 725+ views
    Yahoo news, Singapore ^ | 12/27/2004 | Robert Evans
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has warned of epidemics within days unless health systems in south and southeast Asia can cope after some 12,000 people were killed and tens of thousands left homeless by giant tsunami waves. Aid agencies round the world rushed staff, equipment and money to southern Asia after the tsunamis, triggered by a massive underwater earthquake, pummelled coastal communities in at least six countries on Sunday. "This may be the worst national disaster in recent history because it is affecting so many heavily populated coastal areas ... so many vulnerable communities," the U.N.'s Emergency Relief Coordinator...
  • telegraph.co.uk: A terrible reminder that nature is dangerous

    12/27/2004 8:08:37 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 5 replies · 540+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 27, 2004
    It is no wonder that earthquakes and floods feature so frequently in the Old Testament. They are, in the correct sense, awesome things. When the Earth itself is disordered, we feel a primal fear. Even the most sophisticated people may find themselves crossing their fingers superstitiously, or murmuring imprecations to some ill-defined power. The flood story - the folk-memory of an ancient inundation that wiped away all but a few survivors - was common across Europe, Asia and pre-Columbian America. Modern fears of global warming and rising sea-levels are, in their way, an echo of that same Noah myth: they...
  • Earthquake, Tidal Waves Crush Korea's Tourism Industry

    12/27/2004 7:32:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,112+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/27/04 | N/A
    Earthquake, Tidal Waves Crush Korea's Tourism Industry The powerful earthquake that triggered devastating tidal waves off the waters of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean is impacting Korea's travel agencies during a peak holiday season. While on-site rescue efforts are underway, many tourists are bottled up in the region, with delays in flight arrangements as local airports have also been hit by the colossal tidal waves accompanied by the earthquake. Runways are inundated with water and air traffic control systems at key airports have been rendered out of service. Korean travel agencies have been flooded with last-minute...
  • Tidal wave toll jumps to 20,000 in southern Asia

    12/27/2004 3:42:46 AM PST · by roaddog727 · 31 replies · 2,430+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 27 DEC 2004 | Staff Reporter
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A military spokesman raised the estimated number of deaths in Sri Lanka caused by devastating tidal waves by more than 5,000 people on Monday, raising the death toll from the regional catastrophe to just under 20,000 people.
  • Asian Shares, Currencies Slide on Tsunami

    12/27/2004 2:32:34 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 658+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 27, 2004 | Anne Marie Roantree
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian stocks and currencies fell on Monday after tsunami waves triggered by the world's worst earthquake in 40 years killed nearly 15,000 people and wreaked havoc on tourist beaches. The yen touched an 18-month low against the euro, falling with emerging Asian currencies as traders tried to assess the economic fallout from the disaster. Shares in travel-related companies fell across the board as the region counted the cost of tsunamis that devastated areas of Sri Lanka, southeastern India, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Thai shares fell 1.5 percent to lead losses in Asia, weighed down by a 3.5...
  • Maldives flooded after tidal waves, reports of casualties but no figures

    However, the government said two thirds of the capital was under about four feet (1.2 meters) of water in some areas. About a third of the country’s 330,000 population live in the highly congested capital island. Maldives is a cluster of 1,192 tiny coral islands scattered some 800 kilometres (500 miles) across the equator and is vulnerable to any rise in sea levels. The fate of tens of thousands of tourists in the Maldives was not immediately known.
  • Giant wave could threaten US

    08/09/2004 8:34:11 PM PDT · by FormerACLUmember · 114 replies · 4,095+ 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...
  • SHIP-SINKING MONSTER WAVES REVEALED BY ESA SATELLITES

    07/25/2004 12:36:29 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 42 replies · 4,157+ views
    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...