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Satellite Images: Indonesian Volcano Collapsed

The southwestern flank of Anak Krakatau is missing

(Newser) - Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Indonesia's Anak Krakatau island volcano is dramatically smaller following a weekend eruption that triggered a deadly tsunami. Satellite photos aren't available because of cloud cover, reports the AP , but radar images from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite taken before... More »

In Jittery Indonesia, a New Cry of 'Water Is Coming!'

Tsunami's death toll climbs to 429

(Newser) - Panicked residents, police, and soldiers in the remote fishing village of Sumur, Indonesia, clobbered by a devastating weekend tsunami ran to higher ground Tuesday, shouting "Water is coming! Water is coming!" and reciting verses from the Quran as emergency messages were broadcast over mosque speakers. It proved to... More »

Volcano Collapse Blamed for Killer Tsunami

No warning was issued before disaster

(Newser) - Fourteen years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia is counting the victims of another killer wave. The death toll in the Saturday tsunami has now hit 281, with dozens more missing and around 1,000 people injured, the BBC reports. People near the island volcano of Anak Krakatau—"... More »

Video Captures Tsunami Pulling Band Into the Sea

Lead singer of Seventeen band's only known survivor

(Newser) - Moments before tsunami waves struck a beach in Indonesia, the band Seventeen was playing a beachside concert. Moments later, screams. Reuters reports some 200 employees of the state electricity utility and their families were gathered at the year-end party at the Tanjung Lesung Beach Resort on Java's western tip... More »

A Volcanic Eruption, a Tsunami, Then Death

Death toll around Indonesia's Sunda Strait stands at 222

(Newser) - A tsunami apparently caused by the eruption of an island volcano killed at least 222 people around Indonesia's Sunda Strait on Saturday night, sending a wall of water crashing some 65 feet inland and sweeping away hundreds of houses including hotels, the government and witnesses said. Another 843 people... More »

Tsunami Warning Issued After Massive Pacific Quake

7.5-magnitude quake struck near New Caledonia

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands, the AP reports. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 3 and 10 feet were possible along some coasts... More »

Just $69K Could Have Saved Lives in Indonesian Tsunami

A stalled plan for high-tech sensors may have prevented some of the deaths in Sulawesi

(Newser) - An early warning system that might have prevented some deaths in the tsunami that hit an Indonesian island on Friday has been stalled in the testing phase for years. The high-tech system was meant to replace a system set up after an earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 250,000 people... More »

Scientists Weren't Expecting Massive Indonesia Tsunami

Exact cause remains unclear as death toll rises

(Newser) - The tsunami that killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people after an earthquake in Indonesia on Friday was much bigger and more devastating than would normally be expected after that kind of quake, scientists say. "We expected it might cause a tsunami, just not one that big," geophysicist Jason... More »

Indonesia Tsunami Toll Spikes, Mass Burial Planned

Number of dead doubles to 832, with many more unaccounted for

(Newser) - Rescue officials feared the full scale of Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami could climb far past the more than 800 already confirmed dead, reports the AP , as several large coastal towns remained cut off Sunday by damaged roads and downed communications. The country's disaster agency said the death toll... More »

Hundreds Dead After Tsunami, Quake

Nearly 400 killed in city of Palu, Indonesia, alone

(Newser) - The toll in Indonesia from an earthquake-triggered tsunami is just starting to become clear, and it's getting worse by the hour. On the island of Sulawesi, nearly 400 were killed in the city of Palu alone, reports the BBC . Palu has a population of 380,000 people, and the... More »

Major Quake Triggers Tsunami in Indonesia

Few details available yet on severity

(Newser) - A spokesman for Indonesia's geophysics agency says a powerful earthquake on the island of Sulawesi caused a tsunami, apparently after the agency lifted a tsunami warning. Hary Tirto Djatmiko confirmed to the AP that a tsunami occurred, adding that the agency was still collecting information and would release it... More »

Ancient Skull Could Be First Known Tsunami Victim

Papua New Guinea was site of catastrophe 6K years ago

(Newser) - An ancient skull found in Papua New Guinea is evidence of early "human interactions with catastrophic events such as tsunamis," researchers say—and in this case, the "interactions" likely involved "death by sand blasting, dismemberment, impact, and drowning." In a study published in the journal... More »

In Wake of Tsunami, the Unprecedented Happened in Pacific

At least 289 species made it across the ocean

(Newser) - Every spring, "pulses" of floating garbage from the Pacific trash vortex arrive on the US West Coast—and every year since 2011, more unwanted visitors from Japan arrive. Researchers say that the devastating Japanese tsunami sent an armada of debris across the ocean, with "mega-rafts" carrying a horde... More »

Mexico President: Quake Was Biggest in a Century

At least 5 killed in 8.2 quake, he says

(Newser) - Mexico's president says that the magnitude of the earthquake that hit the country just before midnight Thursday is 8.2, the biggest the country has seen in a century. Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed that at least five people have died in the temblor. He also said that major damage... More »

Tsunami Warnings Issued After Huge Mexico Quake

8.1 quake is country's strongest in decades

(Newser) - Tsunami warnings were issued for Mexico and several Central American nations after a massive earthquake off Mexico's southern coast just before midnight Thursday. The US Geological Survey says the 8.1 magnitude quake had an epicenter 102 miles west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state, the AP reports. A... More »

Tsunami Sweeps Away Homes in Greenland

4 missing in remote settlement

(Newser) - Some of the most remote settlements on the planet have been hit by a tsunami that followed a 4.1 magnitude earthquake. Four people are missing in the village of Nuugaatsiaq on Greenland's northwest coast, where the wave swept their home into the ocean, the CBC reports. Some 11... More »

Japan's Tsunami Made Cambodian Kids Sicker

2011 natural disaster exacerbated iodized salt dearth, worsening country's deficiency issue

(Newser) - Cambodia thought it had a handle on its scarcity of iodine, an element critical for humans (and one not made naturally by the body) to make thyroid hormone. The country had long struggled with the lack of iodine in its soil, which at one point in the late 1990s resulted... More »

Looks Like an Asteroid Once Triggered a Tsunami on Mars

And that means water, and lots of it

(Newser) - A new study suggests that ancient Mars not only had an ocean, it experienced a tsunami unlike anything we've seen on Earth, reports Cosmos . The study in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Planets identifies a 75-mile-wide crater in the north as the likely source, reports the BBC . The scientists... More »

Mathematician Wants to Fight Tsunamis With Sound Waves

His novel approach focuses on reducing the wave's energy

(Newser) - Tsunamis are among the deadliest forces in nature. Look no further than the one in the Indian Ocean in 2004 that killed more than 230,000 people after being triggered by a powerful earthquake, notes a post at Phys.org . But what if tsunamis could be drained of their power... More »

A Buoy Noticed a Wave in 2013 That Was 'Remarkable'

Others may have been taller, but this was recorded by the best tool we have

(Newser) - The world's "highest significant wave height as measured by a buoy" was 62.3 feet, located in the (very) high seas between the UK and Iceland, and occurred in 2013, the World Meteorological Organization has confirmed. The wave formed after a strong cold front passed through the remote... More »

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