tsunami News

  • Tsunami warning

    The warnings apply to the East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel and Banks Peninsula. The warning was issued at noon today and advised people in affected areas to stay out of the water, off beaches and shore areas and not to go sightseeing. Unusually strong currents and unpredictable water flows near the shore could be expected in the affected areas, MCDEM said. Further information and ...

  • Tsunami after earthquake

    Relief organisations struggled to reach those in need Tuesday, one day after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering a tsunami and killing at least 112 people, officials said. Another 502 were reported missing. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake generated a "significant" tsunami. Some of the missing may include people who are unaccounted for ...

  • Tsunami conspiracy theories in the Caribbean

    As soon as I arrived at last week’s meeting on tsunami science here in the Caribbean, I encountered two delegates who shared a worrying rumour with me: “Somebody knows something about a tsunami that’s coming soon.” That’s the way rumors work: with ill-defined but arresting claims like this one. As usual, the rumour is based on a (distorted) reality. The ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Mixed readiness for tsunamis in the Caribbean

    The Caribbean region is working hard to prepare for tsunamis, but has more to do, a workshop heard last week (13-15 May). Around 75 per cent of the region’s countries have emergency plans, delegates were told at the Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Satellite imagery before and after tsunami

    Following on the devastating earthquake that hit Japan, a tsunami caused a lot of damage throughout the coastline. The impact of the tsunami is clearly visible through comparison images made before and after the disaster. The images, mostly being sourced from Google Earth and using imagery from various providers, are displayed in several ways such as a ...

  • Tohoku Tsunami Created Icebergs in Antarctica

    A NASA scientist and her colleagues were able to observe for the first time the power of an earthquake and tsunami to break off large icebergs a hemisphere away. Kelly Brunt, a cryosphere specialist at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, ...

  • The failure of reconstruction after the 2004 tsunami

    It was 00.58 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on 26 December 2004 — ten years ago today — when a magnitude 9 earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, unleashed energy estimated to be equivalent to 23,000 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. The tremor triggered a series of waves. In the open ocean, these travelled at hundreds of miles an ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Tsunami footage assists wave prediction

    When the powerful earthquake of 11 March triggered a tsunami that struck swathes of Japan's north-east coast, images of the devastating wave were captured. As well as conveying the scale of the tragedy, footage of the debris-filled water sweeping across fields can be used to better understand the characteristics of tsunamis and help save lives in the future. "Without exaggeration, it will lead to ...

  • ADB provides US$1m for Samoa Tsunami victims

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $1 million to support emergency relief efforts in Samoa, following last week's devastating tsunami which left close to 170 people dead and thousands homeless. The funds will be used to supply a wide variety of essential needs to people affected by the disaster, and will include items such as food, clean water, clothing and medical supplies. 'The ADB ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Scientists: Tsunami hit East Coast earlier in June

    A storm that blew through earlier this month might have spurred a rare phenomenon for the East Coast: a tsunami. The tsunami was observed June 13 at more than 30 tide gages along the East Coast, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The highest peak amplitude was recorded in Newport, R.I, where it reached just under a foot above sea level. Gages in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Tsunami grant programme reaches nearly $900m - ADB

    The 26 December 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean was one of the worst disasters in recent memory. ADB responded to the crisis by launching the largest grant program in its history. As of 30 June 2007, ADB's total approved assistance and co-financed funds for tsunami-affected countries stood at US$892.035 million. Of this, $725.14 million, or 81%, is grant funding. Much of the grant funding came ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Caribbean region needs a tsunami warning centre

    Caribbean countries urgently need a regional tsunami warning centre to protect their densely populated coastlines, according to an article in Science today. There has been significant effort over the past six years to improve tsunami preparedness, but more funds and research are needed ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 2004 tsunami: Through the lens of a Thai beach resort

    Ten years ago, on 26 December 2004, the Earth’s crust shifted along a 1,300 km fault off the northern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The resulting earthquake was the third largest ever recorded. The follow-on tsunami killed about 280,000 people and remains one of the largest humanitarian disasters in recent history. While the destruction in Thailand was comparatively smaller than in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • SAIC to provide additional tsunami buoys to Australia

    Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a contract by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology to produce and deliver four SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) systems. The contract includes options for production and delivery of an additional five buoys that may be exercised at the bureau's discretion. SAIC is licensed by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...


  • Metso to help earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan

    Metso Corporation's press release on March 22, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. local time Metso is donating ...


    By Thomson Reuters

  • Oregon Prepares for Possible Radioactive Tsunami Debris

    This month, the Yamhill Valley News-Register published a story about how various Oregon agencies and groups are preparing for potentially radioactive debris to reach the coast.  Recently, they held a conference call to review Oregon’s planned response as the one year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami approaches in early March. Although most experts do not ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Conflict in Sri Lanka slows Tsunami rebuilding

    This Christmas marked the third anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004. While reconstruction has inched forward in the affected countries, in Sri Lanka, one of the hardest-hit areas, progress remains challenging. Unlike Indonesia’s Aceh province, which in the disaster’s aftermath was able to overcome a decades-long armed conflict, Sri Lanka actually lapsed back ...

  • Indonesia Adopts WWF Green Policy for Tsunami Reconstruction

    JAKARTA, Indonesia , April 27, 2005 (ENS) - Indonesian officials have endorsed a set of WWF recommendations for environmentally ...

  • Tsunami forecast models `too simple`, say researchers

    Tsunami forecasting could be significantly improved if the computer models used to predict wave behaviour were to incorporate data on the waves' complex behaviour as they come into shore and break, according to researchers. Writing in a themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EPA partners with federal agencies to track Japan tsunami debris / EPA and NOAA begin monthly Tsunami Debris Bulletin

    EPA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will issue a monthly bulletin to keep key stakeholders informed about tsunami debris activities, an effort resulting from an EPA lead marine debris workshop held in June in Honolulu. The workshop, part of the regular Oceania Regional Response Team meeting, explored options for a coordinated response to the tsunami debris.  The ORRT, ...

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