I’m always fascinated by the pulse and movement of the Earth. I believe that’s why I was drawn into a long engagement with it. The profession as earth scientists is unique… for it requires the methodical approach of scientist and the soulful-artistic feeling of artist. The Earth always unleashes her energy through deadly blow and sweep that allow us to study her heart ~ her heart that stores the hidden treasure yet to be uncovered. Her fiery blow and deadly sweep have always been preceded by subtle warnings. Is she merciless? Hm… probably not. We just don’t understand how to read, hear, and reach her heart yet.
From the depths of the Indian Ocean
Mother Nature rose
Unleashing her wrath
On an unsuspecting world
Crashing onto the shores
Obliterating all she touched
Restoring the landscape
To her natural beauty
Extracting a heavy price
Paid for with mortal souls
Their sacrifice remembered
In hearts that survived
By Ailsa Robertson (Scotland)
Following are scientific resources about the 2004 catastrophic earthquake-tsunami in the Indian Ocean, including press release from the Indonesian Geologists Association.
Press Release ~ Ikatan Ahli Geologi Indonesia (IAGI – Indonesian Geologists Association)
National Disaster Earthquake-Tsunami in Aceh:
“A call to address hazardous mitigation more seriously” (In Indonesian)
Earthquake in the news – Great Earthquake in Indonesia at 26 Dec 2004 (The University of Western Autralia)
Tsunamis or tidal waves? (ClearlyExplained.com)
Devastation in the Indian Ocean (Megan Sever – Geotimes December 2004)
Tsunami Disaster: Scientists Model the Big Quake and Its Consequences (Sid Perkins – Science News Online)
How the Shape of Ocean Floors can Affect Speed and Height of Tsunami (Times Online UK)
Indonesian Tsunami December 26, 2004 (BBC News Asia Quake Disaster)
News, eyewitness accounts, video footage and more.
Can Animals Sense Earthquakes?
This 2003 article from National Geographic News discusses animal behavior and their ability to predict earthquakes.
IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) ~ Seismic Monitor
Real-time seismic monitor allows one to monitor earthquakes worldwide and search the web for earthquake information.
Poynter Online: Earthquakes (1995-2004)
Poynter Online’s links to the news column, compiles web resources on current and previous news topics. This page links to resources about major earthquakes from 1995-2004. During this ten year period the Web became an important medium for sharing disaster related news.
Savage Earth: Waves of Destruction ~ Tsunamis
A multimedia tour of tsunamis with historical information on tsunamis, their causes and effects by PBS.
Sumatra Earthquake ~ 26 December 2004
This site from the British Geological Survey has links to news sites, satellite images, video and photo images, research centers, and various government agencies.
Tsunami Coverage from the Arts & Sciences Libraries of New York University at Buffalo
Library staff members have provided links to maps, relief organizations, news coverage from CNN, the BBC, the New York Times, Reuters, etc., current death toll figures, a news archive, and a variety of geological sites.
The US Geological Survey ~ Tsunamis and Earthquakes
You will find general information on how local tsunamis are generated by earthquakes as well as animations, virtual reality models of tsunamis, and summaries of past research studies.
The US Geological Survey ~ Earthquake Hazards Program
Facts about the tsunami and links to many other sites.
The US Geological Survey ~ National Earthquake Information Center
West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA)
World Health Organization: South Asia Earthquake and Tsunamis
This site provides health information related to the December 26, 2004 tsunami.
Cumulative reporting on all aspects of giant earthquakes and killer tsunami in Indian Ocean. APAN (Asia Pacific Area Network). This website is dedicated to Regional Cooperation in the realm of Disaster Assistance. It is our goal to provide useful resources related to natural and man-made disasters.
Tsunami South Asia Crisis 2004 – Harvard Business School