Tsunami in Southeast Asia: Full Coverage

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Nat Geo TV Shows Help Tsunami Islander Save 1,500
When the December 26 tsunami struck Abdul Razzak's island in the Indian Ocean, he remembered what he had seen on National Geographic documentaries—and helped save some 1,500 lives.
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Tsunamis: Facts About Killer Waves
Get the basics on tsunamis: what they are, what causes them, how they can be avoided, and more.
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The Deadliest Tsunami in History?
The earthquake that generated the great Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is estimated to have released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs. Find out what happened and how it was unleashed on millions of unsuspecting people.
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Tsunamis More Likely to Hit U.S. Than Asia
Giant tsunamis are more likely to hit the U.S. Pacific coast than to hit Asia, scientists say. Coastal residents may have only 15 minutes' warning.
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Tsunami-Battered Sumatra Ripe for More Disasters
Seated in one of the one world's most geologically active regions, Sumatra is ripe for more cataclysmic earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, scientists say.
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Did North American Quake Cause 1700 Japanese Tsunami?
Researchers say a Pacific Northwest fault once thought to be benign was struck by a massive, magnitude 9 earthquake in 1700, creating a tsunami that caused flooding and damage in Japan. Odds that another quake will occur along the same fault are "100 percent," one expert said.
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Prehistoric Asteroid "Killed Everything"
Scientists have found traces of an asteroid-collision event that they say would have created a giant tsunami that swept around the Earth several times, inundating everything except the mountains.
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Great Portugal Quake May Have a Sequel, Study Says
It was one of the greatest natural disasters in European history. The 8.7 earthquake that struck Portugal in 1755 killed at least 60,000 people and triggered tsunamis that wrecked seaports in Portugal, Spain, and Morocco.
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Can Animals Sense Earthquakes?
Accounts of animal anticipation of earthquakes have surfaced across the centuries. Catfish that move violently, chickens that stop laying eggs, and bees that leave their hive in a panic have been reported.
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Are Earthquakes Encouraged by High Tides?
Scientists have long suspected a relationship between tides and earthquakes but have reached little consensus. Now a new study reveals that very high tides might indeed be linked with seismic activity along coasts.
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Earthquakes, Volcanoes May Be Tied to Species Diversity
While earthquakes and eruptions are widely associated with death and devastation, researchers have found that the zones where such events occur most frequently are also rich cradles of life.
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California Quake Zones May Be More Lethal Than We Thought, Studies Say
Two new studies describe California's earthquake zones as more complex—and possibly more lethal—than previously thought.
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Newfound LA Fault Threatens Major Quake
Los Angeles sometimes seems like paradise. But life in the City of Angels comes at a price: earthquakes. Now the threat of "the big one" may be greater than previously feared.
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Can Satellites Aid Earthquake Predictions?
A new system known as the Global Earthquake Satellite System, or GESS, employs a technology called interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR). Put simply, the high-tech mouthful allows scientists to detect minute deformations in the Earth's crust.
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Earthquake Prediction Remains a Moving Target
Unlike the physics that control the weather, the physics that control earthquakes are still poorly understood.
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Magma Surge Moves Nevada Mountain, Study Says
In late 2003 a swarm of small earthquakes struck 19 miles (30 kilometers) below Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border of California and Nevada. At the same time, Slide Mountain, 11 miles (18 kilometers) away in Nevada, moved dramatically, according to satellite readings.
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"Supercities" Vulnerable to Killer Quakes, Expert Warns
Unless protective measures are taken, once every century or so when the Earth trembles in a violent release of pent up tension, buildings will tumble, streets will buckle, and pipelines will snap, leaving upward of a million people crushed beneath the debris.
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