Sunday, April 01, 2007

Tsunami, now smaller but still a menace

Today we entered the fourth month of this year 2007. Unfortunately, the month began with a sour news that makes remember that remember 26, 2004. On that date, a tsunami devastated villages and cities in several countries, most remarkably in Indonesia and Thailand. Such natural disaster was also responsible for the death of more than 100,000 people, and the disappearance of many others. Perhaps the worst natural disaster of our times.
Tsunami is today a word heard in the news. On this occasion, the tsunami hit the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. The tsunami (reported to be 10 feet high) is a result of an undersea earthquake that reached a magnitude of 8.0 degrees Richter. This tsunami is reported to have killed 8 people, to have caused a large amount of damages and destruction, and to have caused panic among nearby countries such as Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The good news is that this tsunami was not as severe as the one in 2004. I think that, if the tsunami would have been that powerful, there would barely be any Solomon Islands to talk about now.
My sympathies to the people of the Solomon Islands.

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