Tsunami in Java

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Tsunami in Java

Post by simon redshaw » Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:13 pm

From BBC NEWS:

There has been a Tsunami in Java caused by a 7.7 magnitude undersea earthquake which struck off Pangandaran yesterday afternoon. At least 300 people have been killed and 140 more are reported missing. Government officials are saying that another tsunami is unlikely and are urging people not to panic. Indonesian troops and police have arrived in the area to help with the search for those missing. Body bags and other essential items have also begun to arrive, and relief aid such as food and tents are on their way for thousands of people displaced by the tsunami.

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I will spare you the other horrific details. You can only feel very sorry for these people having had to cope with another very horrific Tsunami (the one we all know about) not so long ago and you wonder how much more they will have to suffer. I feel very sad for them indeed and hope that in some way their lives can improve and that mother nature will allow them to start to live more comfortably and safely.

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Post by Ashby Rock Chick » Tue Jul 18, 2006 4:49 pm

Simon, I have to say, you are truly a lovely, sensitive guy.

I watched Sport Relief on Saturday night and it reduced me to tears on 3 occasions. I find that people don't care enough about anything in this world.

Lets hope this Java tsunami isn't as big as the last one. :x
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Post by Kinoulton » Tue Jul 18, 2006 5:01 pm

Fortunately the tsunami wasn't as big as before.

However, it seems the Earthquake that caused it was still pretty big. Which means it will have been detected by agencies in America.

I've been scanning the news to see if they managed to issue any sort of warning this time, as prior to the boxing day tsunami they detected a massive earthquake under the ocean and didn't bother telling anyone.
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Post by Sim » Tue Jul 18, 2006 8:28 pm

Tragic, you don't realise how lucky we are lving here until things like this happen and then you forget until it happens again, the amazing thing is people who live in places hit by Natural Disasters always seem to driven to caryy on and in high spirits no matter what is throw at them, maybe because its a way of life for them now but i dnt think if it happened to us here in England we would be the same.
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Post by Kinoulton » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:02 am

It's an interesting point Sim, but I think we would rally round if, God forbid, we were hit by something big.

Look how the Americans responded to 911.

Prior to that they would all cancel their European holidays at the slightest hint of a bit of trouble, be it BSE, IRA bombs or whatever.

But 911 suddenly brought out this stoicism in them that we hadn't previously recognised.

In Britain, our grandparents kept their peckers up during WWII which couldn't have been easy if they lived in a City where everyone knew someone who had died in an air raid.
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Post by DCat » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:14 pm

Kinny - in answer to your question about the warning - no, not really.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-p ... 192716.stm

I do wonder whether the Indonesian Government has the willpower and competence to actually see a warning system through to something that works
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Post by Kinoulton » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:24 pm

From reading that article it would seem that the key element required would be a string of warning sirens along the coast.

You would have thought that rather than go for an elaborate communications system they could issue some bloke with a satelite phone as used by TV and radio reporters and he could set the sirens off when he gets a phone call.
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Post by DCat » Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:11 pm

Don't be silly - that would be far too easy.
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