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12-27-2004, 01:48 PM
Indonesian Earthquake, Waves Kill 14,000 Across Asia (Update4)
Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The death toll rose above 14,000 after an earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the world's biggest in four decades, caused tsunami waves that devastated coastal towns from Thailand to India.
Yesterday's magnitude 9.0 quake generated waves as high as 10 meters (33 feet) that struck tourist resorts in Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives. Sri Lanka reported more than 5,000 dead, while in Indonesia at least 4,448 were killed, prompting the governments of both countries to declare national disasters.
(Continued . . .)
The International Herald Tribune
Commentary: Asia stands divided against dollar and euro
By William Pesek Jr. Bloomberg News
Friday, December 3, 2004
Size matters, something that Southeast Asian economies have come to understand as they try to compete globally. It explains why they now invite Japan, China and South Korea to their regional meetings.
If Asia is going to wield real economic influence, the logic goes, it needs to get bigger. While the 10-member scope of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, is fine, bringing Asia's three biggest economies into the fold makes it more relevant.
It's hard to get excited about Asia's sudden rush to create free-trade zones. The trend is a good one, of course. Asean nations and China this week agreed to cut tariffs on $100 billion of goods, paving the way in five years for a free-trade arena that could raise living standards for a third of the world's population.
Trouble is, such agreements are more symbolic than substantive. Asean's pact with China, for example, excludes sensitive goods like steel, iron, automobiles and sugar. It also steers clear of the service sector and nontariff barriers to trade. And you can bet Japan will doggedly protect its farmers when it begins free-trade negotiations with Asean in April.
What the region needs is a euro-zone model of economic integration and even a single currency. Sadly, this week's Asean meeting all but ignored these important issues.
"In an increasingly globalizing world, there is likely to be a greater synchronization of business cycles," says the Asian Development Bank president, Tadao Chino. "Hence, the benefits of having fewer currencies to conduct cross-border business, especially at the regional level, are likely to increase."
A regional currency could eliminate exchange-rate gyrations that hold back growth and scare investors. It could lead to greater convergence, bringing borrowing costs, fiscal policies and inflation trends into alignment. And bond yields might move lower across Asia.
Europe has done it. Latin America is talking about it. A number of Gulf states also want a common currency of their own. Can Asia be far from a similar move? Actually, yes. Asean has agreed that a common currency is a "distinct possibility" over time, but has made little progress, if any.
The Asean summit meeting in Vientiane, Laos, this week underscored the disparity among Asia's economies and cultures. The 10 members include functioning electoral democracies and authoritarian regimes ruled by Communists or military leaders. Living standards range from wealthy Singapore to impoverished Cambodia.
Pushing economic trends together, not surprisingly, is a logistical nightmare.
Asians also are reluctant to surrender control. A common Asian currency would necessitate a stability and growth pact like that in Europe, requiring governments to live within their means. That will not go over well with the Philippines and other countries plagued by chronic budget deficits.
Next, Asia would need one central bank to conduct monetary policy for Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Anyone know a central banker who would even consider tackling such a Herculean task?
Yet some observers are optimistic. "It has been said that more economic will, political will is what will in the end bring about a convergence similar to that of Europe," says Roberto de Ocampo, a former Philippine finance secretary who heads the Asian Institute of Management. "The number of initiatives taken" by Asean "are proof of a sincere desire to move the region to convergence."
The challenge of aligning Asia's economies will make Europe's experience seem trivial. When the Maastricht Treaty - which set the euro in motion - was signed in 1992, Europe wasn't grappling with such a disparate mix of governments, economic fundamentals, underdeveloped financial markets and poverty. Some Asean economies don't even have bond markets yet.
Asian leaders also may find disincentives in past experience. In the best sense, the euro is an attempt to recreate what the United States did in the mid-1800s. It wasn't until the federal government printed "greenbacks" to finance the Civil War that the United States had a single currency. Its adoption by states that until then had issued their own currencies made the United States the world's biggest economy.
Europe has so far avoided the common-currency disasters of the past. Take the Latin Monetary Union of 1865, which joined Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy and Switzerland. It unraveled when economic problems spread throughout the region. The Scandinavian Monetary Union of 1873 collapsed in 1924.
Asia wants to steer clear of such misfortunes. That means that, for the foreseeable future, the region is likely to sidestep the single-currency issue. That's a shame given the potential benefits.
Europe can rest easy. Its common currency is unlikely to see competition from Asia anytime soon.
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12-27-2004, 02:09 PM
Very astute post, Ellar.
To which I would add this link which already declares this tsunami to be the single biggest disaster in Asian history, barely concealing the enthusiasm with which the NWO-controlled UN is licking its chops in anticipation of having to "rescue" (translation: consolidate and financially enslave) the entire affected region, something which, as your links point out, no one has been able to accomplish as of yet.
Asian Disaster May Be Costliest Ever (http://apnews.myway.com//article/20041227/D8785SPG0.html)
When one considers the recent trials and tribulations in this region, especially Indonesia, which has been at war with the central banksters and the IMF for several years, how absolutely...convenient that something like this should occur just now, preceded, of course, by the Bali terrorist attack, which still failed to rally significant support for the West's war on terror amongst the country's largely Islamic populace.
Will Asia be able to continue resisting the temptation to let the UN, IMF and other Illuminati front groups come in and loan them enough "funny money" at overwhelming usury rates to covetly usurp their sovereignty the same as they have done to the rest of the world?
12-27-2004, 02:27 PM
Then, there is the old rumor that Tesla developed a way to create earthquakes, and the defense industry has perfected it. I remember reading in the last few months about some kind of weird experimental testing going on in Australia. Perhaps it wasn't an act of God .. but, instead test of the weaponry. Perhaps intended to create a reason for the NWO to loan a bunch of U.N. and IMF money to S.E. Asia..
Although highly unlikely, it is a possible conspiracy..
12-27-2004, 05:28 PM
These might shed some light into high-tech “earthquake generation” & “weather control” in general…
Human Engineered Earthquakes
NWO Weapons w Capability To Alter Climate At Will
Scalar Electromagnetics & Weather Control w Tesla's Old Knowledge
The HAARP That Only Angels Should Play
US HAARP Weapon Concerns Russian Duma
Was The Iran Earthquake Triggered By HAARP
HAARP's 3.39 MHz Transmissions & The 3-3-18 High & Low Power Idle Signals
HAARP & The 2003 Blackout
Was The Blackout A HAARP Military Experiment
China - Noon Turns Pitch Black From Freak Cloud - HAARP
Scalar-HAARP Triangle Cloud Formations In Florida
What Is A Hurricane
Hurricanes Jeanne, Karl & Lisa
Hyperdimensional Hurricanes - P1
Hyperdimensional Hurricanes - P2
Hyperdimensional Hurricanes - P3
Hyperdimensional Hurricanes - P4
Ch03 - Sacred Geometry in the Quantum Realm - Hyperdimensional 'Sacred' Geometry
Ch04 - The Sequential Perspective - Hyperdimensional 'Sacred' Geometry
Wheather Control Technologies
12-27-2004, 05:48 PM
Tesla said creating earthquakes and controlling
the weather IS scientifically possible. Because
I listen to the radio thanks to him ...
talk on the cell phone thanks to him ...
watch satellite tv with remote control
thanks to him ... and turn on and off such things
as my computer thanks to Tesla, I believe it.
Please tell me what has Einstein done for you ?
12-29-2004, 08:59 AM
perhaps the earthquake was the result of innocent human industriousness ..
...Now I don’t claim to be an expert on seismic activity, but there has been a series of events which led up to the 9.0 earthquake of the coast of Indonesia which can not be ignored. This all could be an enormous coincidence, but one must look at the information and choose for themselves whether there is anything to it.
On November 28th, one month ago, Reuters reported that during a 3 day span 169 whales and dolphins beached themselves in Tasmania, an island of the southern coast of mainland Australia and in New Zealand. The cause for these beachings is not known, but Bob Brown, a senator in the Australian parliament, said "sound bombing" or seismic tests of ocean floors to test for oil and gas had been carried out near the sites of the Tasmanian beachings recently.
12-29-2004, 10:35 AM
I think the death/danger thread is relative to this thread and vice versa
12-29-2004, 11:27 AM
aloon... Interesting information, that adds to the experiments going on in Austrailia, perhaps the whales were beached by some kind of Tesla experiment... and not sonar in origin.
12-29-2004, 12:24 PM
What a tragedy. So many lives, & it can happen anywhere in the world. I hope it was not human made, whether an error, or just some experiment, for whatever the purpose. That would be insane, to put it mildly. Only "madmen" could think of such devastation...
Indian Ocean Earthquake & Tsunami w Simulation
High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
Owning The Weather For Military Use
12-29-2004, 06:37 PM
According to news articles, Diego Garcia is located within the same range as the other severly overcome islands. Either the island has some very, very unknown method to protect itself,or the information is absolute lies about not having been affected. Let's see the proof,because geographic, oceanic, and seismic logic says that it had to have been hit, too. If it had been secured from the effects of the tsunami, being at such low elevation; then that would actually finger the US as the guilty party using scalar weaponry. That is for those of us who believe it exists. If the island has been devasted as has the others in the area, then that might indicate that Russia(?) or China (?) could be the guilty party. Whoever may have struck at the critical area of adjoining plates next to Sumatra to create such catastrophic results -- it is actually a monstrous act of war.
Without mercy, the death toll rises and the misery deepens
29 December 2004
DIEGO GARCIA: How did it escape harm?
How did Diego Garcia, the British-owned island in the Indian Ocean and home of a US base for B2 bombers, escape the effects of the tsunami?
THE ISLAND, 1,000 MILES SOUTH OF INDIA AND WELL WITHIN RANGE OF THE WAVE, HAS A HIGHEST POINT OF 22FT AND AN AVERAGE ELEVATION OF 4FT, yet a spokesman for the US Pacific Command in Hawaii said that the base had not been harmed. Officials at the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said Diego Garcia had been forewarned. Other countries were not, apparently because of a lack of contact details over a holiday weekend.
Evacuation from beaches cut deaths by hundreds in Kenya
By Adrian Blomfield in Nairobi
• The United States navy base on the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian ocean was spared damage from the tsunami, US officials said. Carolyn Bell, a spokesman for the US Geological Survey, said coral reefs might have dissipated some of the impact on the island, resulting in only a slightly higher tide.
[That the the U.S. officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii did not know whom to contact is an obvious lie.They are there just for that purpose.These professionals would know their international counterparts. It is probable that they were either ORDERED not to send warnings, or they were PREVENTED from doing so.]
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
A Wave of Questions: Putting a Disaster in Context
By Mickey Z.
Why was there no warning? There was warning. Here’s how the folks at Democracy Now describe what happened: “Within minutes of the tsunami forming on Sunday, U.S. officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii began tracking the waves. But the scientists claimed they had no one to contact in the Indian Ocean region about the possible danger. One exception was the British-owned island of Diego Garcia that houses a major US Naval base. The Independent of London reports that U.S. officials in Hawaii did warn Diego Garcia about the possible tsunami and the island suffered no major damage.”
12-29-2004, 08:39 PM
Wow...great catch, Ellar.
This Diego Garcia angle bears watching.
12-30-2004, 05:28 AM
Ellar... i feel somewhat physically ill reading the articles from England. And the truth is?
While we sit in our glass houses...
12-30-2004, 05:59 PM
I found the following explanatory letter about Diego Garcia posted at whatreallyhappened.com. If the island has a natural protective barrier against a tsunami, this would be known by the military and appropriate scientific personnel.
READER: Greetings Michael. Allow me to explain why Diego Garcia suffered little or no damage to it. I can testify to this because I spent some duty time there. To prove that point, it is THE best saltwater fishing in the world! You will see why here.
Diego Garcia is an atoll shaped like a “V” that has been punched a couple of times because the jagged shape. From the top of the V to the bottom is roughly 15 miles, but from tip to tip, it is approx 35 miles (if my memory serves me correctly). The Island is not very wide, maybe a few hundred yards max? At the top of the V is the opening of the lagoon. The lagoon at the mouth is about 150 + feet deep. Of course the other end being very shallow. While I was there the Seabees started construction of a deep pier inside the lagoon to reach out to about 100-foot depth. This was so that large Sub-tenders could pull pier side as opposed to being anchored. The lagoon was the only area one was allowed to swim or snorkel and for good reason. Large fish that love things that are soft and smooth on the outside and crunchy on the inside. The open end of the V has three small Island that make up the lagoon entry. If one tried to wad to the closest of the three Islands at all would be subject to immediate dishonorable discharge after maybe serving time! If they made it back alive. Case in point, two guys did make it to the one Island, but on the return, the leading guy turned around and his buddy was gone without a peep. He was found a few days later, down coast, chewed up good! Now lets get to the ocean side shall we?
The ocean side is surrounded by a barrier reef. The bottom of the ocean does not gradually rise up to the sand. This reef starts along the beautiful sandy beach and has a flat top to it that stretches out at least 50 feet from the coast. During low tide the water maybe 5 feet deep across the top of it out to the end of the reef. On a calm day you could see very large fins on the surface! At the edge of the reef is a wall! This reef wall drops down to over three hundred feet deep if not more! So as you may see here, the reef wall absorbed most of the impact from the wave. I hope this helped.
12-30-2004, 06:11 PM
[This is posted for further analysis of the info already posted.]
Centre for Research on Globalisation
Centre de recherche sur la mondialisation
Foreknowledge of A Natural Disaster:
Washington was aware that a deadly Tidal Wave was building up in the Indian Ocean
by Michel Chossudovsky
www.globalresearch.ca 29 December 2004
The URL of this article is: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/412A.html
Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake
More than three hundred years ago, at 9 PM on January 26, 1700 one of the world's largest earthquakes occurred along the west coast of North America. The undersea Cascadia thrust fault ruptured along a 1000 km length, from mid Vancouver Island to northern California in a great earthquake, producing tremendous shaking and a huge tsunami that swept across the Pacific.
These events are recorded in the oral traditions of the First Nations people on Vancouver Island. The tsunami swept across the Pacific also causing destruction along the Pacific coast of Japan. It is the accurate descriptions of the tsunami and the accurate time keeping by the Japanese that allows us to confidently know the size and exact time of this great earthquake.
The recognition of definitive signatures in the geological record tells us the January 26, 1700 event was not a unique event, but has repeated many times at irregular intervals of hundreds of years. Geological evidence indicates that 13 great earthquakes have occurred in the last 6000 years.
Natural Resources Canada http://www.pgc.nrcan.gc.ca/seismo/hist/anniv.press.htm
The US Military and the State Department were given advanced warning. America's Navy base on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean was notified.
Why were fishermen in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand not provided with the same warnings as the US Navy and the US State Department?
Why did the US State Department remain mum on the existence of an impending catastrophe?
With a modern communications system, why did the information not get out? By email, telephone, fax, satellite TV... ?
It could have saved the lives of thousands of people.
The earthquake was a Magnitude 9.0 on the Richter scale, among the highest in recorded history. US authorities had initially recorded 8.0 on the Richter scale.
As confirmed by several reports, US scientists in Hawaii, had advanced knowledge regarding an impending catastrophe, but failed to contact their Asian counterparts.
Charles McCreery of the Pacific Warning Center in Hawaii confirmed that his team tried desperately to get in touch with his counterparts in Asia. According to McCreery, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's center in Honolulu, the team did its utmost to contact the countries. (The NOAA in Hawaii's Report at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2004/s2357.htm ).
His team contacted the US State Department, which apparently contacted the Asian governments. The Indian government confirms that no such warning was received. (The Hindu, 27 Dec 2004)
Nine (9.0) on the Richter scale: The Director of the Hawaii Warning Center stated that "they did not know" that the earthquake would generate a deadly tidal wave until it had hit Sri Lanka, more than one and a half hours later, at 2.30 GMT. (see Timeline below)
"Not until the deadly wave hit Sri Lanka and the scientists in Honolulu saw news reports of the damage there did they recognize what was happening... 'Then we knew there was something moving across the Indian Ocean,' said Charles McCreery. (quoted in the NYT, 28 Dec 2004 ).
This statement is at odds with the Timeline of the tidal wave disaster. Thailand was hit almost an hour before Sri Lanka and the news reports were already out. Surely, these reports out of Thailand were known to the scientists in Hawaii, not to mention the office of Sec. Colin Powell, well before the tidal wave reached Sri Lanka.
''We wanted to try to do something, but without a plan in place then, it was not an effective way to issue a warning, or to have it acted upon,'' Dr. McCreery said. ''There would have still been some time -- not a lot of time, but some time -- if there was something that could be done in Madagascar, or on the coast of Africa.''
The above statement is also inconsistent.
The tidal wave reached the East African coastline several hours after it reached The Maldives islands. According to news reports, Male, the capital of the Maldives was hit three hours after the earthquake, at approximately 4.00 GMT. By that time everybody around the World knew.
It is worth noting that the US Navy was fully aware of the deadly tidal wave, because the Navy was on the Pacific Warning Center's list of contacts. Moreover, America's strategic Naval base on the island of Diego Garcia had also been notified. Although directly in the path of the tidal wave (see animated chart below), the Diego Garcia military base reported "no damage".
"One of the few places in the Indian Ocean that got the message of the quake was Diego Garcia, a speck of an island with a United States Navy base, because the Pacific warning center's contact list includes the Navy. Finding the appropriate people in Sri Lanka or India was harder." (NYT, 28 Dec 2004, emphasis added)
Now how hard is it to pick up the phone and call Sri Lanka?
According to Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
"We don't have contacts in our address book for anybody in that part of the world."
Only after the first waves hit Sri Lanka did workers at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre [PTWC] and others in Hawaii start making phone calls to US diplomats in Madagascar and Mauritius in an attempt to head off further disaster.
"We didn't have a contact in place where you could just pick up the phone," Dolores Clark, spokeswoman for the International Tsunami Information Centre in Hawaii said. "We were starting from scratch."
These statement on the surface are inconsistent, since several Indian Ocean Asian countries are in fact members of the Tsunami Warning System.
There are 26 member countries of the International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System , including Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. All these countries would normally be in the address book of the PTWC, which works in close coordination with its sister organization the ICGTWS , which has its offices in Honolulu at the headquarters of the National Weather Service Pacific Region Headquarters in downtown Honolulu.
The mandate of the ICGTWS is to "assist member states in establishing national warning systems, and makes information available on current technologies for tsunami warning systems."
Australia and Indonesia were notified. The US Congress is to investigate why the US government did not notify all the Indian Ocean nations in the affected area: "Only two countries in the affected region, Indonesia and Australia, received the warning"
"Although Thailand belongs to the international tsunami-warning network, its west coast does not have the system's wave sensors mounted on ocean buoys.
The northern tip of the earthquake fault is located near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and tsunamis appear to have rushed eastward toward the Thai resort of Phuket.
"They had no tidal gauges and they had no warning," said Waverly Person, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Centre in Golden, Colorado, U.S., which monitors seismic activity worldwide. "There are no buoys in the Indian Ocean and that's where this tsunami occurred."" (Hindu, 27 Dec 2004)
The issue of the Ocean sensors is a Red Herring
The Hawaii Center was not able to warn them because they had no sensors in the Indian Ocean: That argument is a Red Herring.
We are not dealing with information based on Ocean sensors: the emergency warning was transmitted in the immediate wake of the earthquake (based on seismic data). The earthquake took place at 00.58 GMT on the 26th of Dec. The report was transmitted to The State Department and the US Navy following the earthquake.
With modern communications, the information of an impending disaster could have been sent around the World in a matter of minutes, by email, by telephone, by fax, not to mention by live satellite Television.
Coastguards, municipalities, local governments, tourist hotels, etc. could have been warned.
According to Tsunami Society President Prof. Tad Murty of the University of Manitoba:
'there's no reason for a single individual to get killed in a tsunami,' since most areas had anywhere from 25 minutes to four hours before a wave hit. So, once again, because of indifference and corruption thousands of innocent people have died needlessly." (Calgary Sun, 28 Dec 2004)
1. Why were the Indian Ocean countries' governments not informed?
Were there "guidelines" from the US military or the State Department regarding the release of an advanced warning?
According to the statement of the Hawaii based PTWC, advanced warning was released but on a selective basis. Indonesia was already hit, so the warning was in any event redundant and Australia was several thousand miles from the epicentre of the earthquake and was, therefore, under no immediate threat.
2. Did US authorities monitoring seismographic data have knowledge of the earthquake prior to its actual occurrence at 00.57 GMT on the 26th of December?
The question is whether there were indications of abnormal seismic activity prior to 01.00 GMT on the 26th of Dec.
The US Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake which triggered the tidal wave measured 9.0 on the Richter scale and was the fourth largest quake since 1900. In such cases, one would expect evidence of abnormal seismic activity before the actual occurrence of a major earthquake.
3. Why is the US military Calling the Shots on Humanitarian Relief
Why in the wake of the disaster, is the US military (rather than civilian humanitarian/aid organizations operating under UN auspices) taking a lead role?
The US Pacific Command has been designated to coordinate the channeling of emergency relief? Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Rusty Blackman, commander of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force based in Okinawa, has been designated to lead the emergency relief program
Lieutenant General Blackman was previously Chief of Staff for Coalition Forces Land Component Command, responsible for leading the Marines into Baghdad during "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
Three "Marine disaster relief assessment teams" under Blackman's command have been sent to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
US military aircraft are conducting observation missions.
In a bitter irony, part of this operation is being coordinated out of America's Naval base in Diego Garcia, which was not struck by the tidal wave. Meanwhile, "USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, which was in Hong Kong when the earthquake and tsunamis struck, has been diverted to the Gulf of Thailand to support recovery operations" (Press Conference of Pacific Command, http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Dec2004/n12292004_2004122905.html ).
Two Aircraft Carriers have been sent to the region.
Why is it necessary for the US to mobilize so much military equipment? The pattern is unprecedented:
Conway said the Lincoln carrier strike group has 12 helicopters embarked that he said could be "extremely valuable" in recovery missions.
An additional 25 helicopters are aboard USS Bonhomme Richard, headed to the Bay of Bengal. Conway said the expeditionary strike group was in Guam and is forgoing port visits in Guam and Singapore and expects to arrive in the Bay of Bengal by Jan. 7.
Conway said the strike group, with its seven ships, 2,100 Marines and 1,400 sailors aboard, also has four Cobra helicopters that will be instrumented in reconnaissance efforts.
Because fresh water is one of the greatest needs in the region, Fargo has ordered seven ships — each capable of producing 90,000 gallons of fresh water a day — to the region. Conway said five of these ships are pre-positioned in Guam and two will come from Diego Garcia.
A field hospital ship pre-positioned in Guam would also be ordered to the region, depending on findings of the disaster relief assessment teams and need, Conway said. (Ibid)
Why has a senior commander involved in the invasion of Iraq been assigned to lead the US emergency relief program?
The Tsunami Timeline
Sunday 26 December 2004 (GMT)
00.57 GMT: Between 00.57 GMT and 00.59 GMT, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake occurs on the seafloor near Aceh in northern Indonesia. (See http://ioc.unesco.org/itsu/ and other reports)
00.58 GMT: Saturday 25 December, 2.58 pm Hawaii Time (GMT-10) 26 Dec 00.58 GMT. US government's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center registers the earthquake on its seismic instruments. In other words at the time of its occurrence at 00.58 GMT.
shortly after 01.00 GMT: Earthquake hits several cities in Indonesia, creates panic in urban areas in peninsular Malaysia. The news of the earthquakes is reported immediately.
01.3O GMT: Phuket and Coast of Thailand: The tidal wave hits to coastline shortly after 8.30 am, 01.30 GMT
02.30 GMT: Colombo Sri Lanka and Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka, the tidal wave hits the coastal regions close to the capital Colombo, according to report at 8.30 am local time, 02.30 GMT (an hour and a half after the earthqake)
02.45 GMT: India's Eastern Coastline. The tsunami hits India's eastern coast from 6:15 a.m.(2:45 GMT)
04.00 GMT: Male, Maldives: From about 9:00 am (0400 GMT), three hours after the earthquake, the capital, Male, and other parts of the country were flooded by the tsunami. (more than three hours after the earthquake)
11.00 GMT (approximate time according to news dispatches): East Coast of Africa is hit. More than ten hours after the earthquake
The animation below indicates approximate times at which the tidal wave hits the coastal areas of Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, The Maldives.
Click on the image to see an animation (650 KB)
(Animation provided by Kenji Satake, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
26 Dec 2004
Seismic Activity on Dec 26
Note: extreme seismic activity prior to 01.00 GMT
The Richter Scale
US scientists in Hawaii had initially indicated that the earthquake was of a magnitude of 8.0 (ten times weaker than in the case a 9.0 earthquake on the Richter scale).
How can an error of this nature be made, with very sophisticated measuring equipment?
According to Natural Resources Canada:
"The magnitude of an earthquake is a measure of the amount of energy released. Each earthquake has a unique magnitude assigned to it. This is based on the amplitude of seismic waves measured at a number of seismograph sites, after being corrected for distance from the earthquake. Magnitude estimates often change by up to 0.2 units, as additional data are included in the estimate.
The Richter scale is logarithmic, that is an increase of 1 magnitude unit represents a factor of ten times in amplitude. The seismic waves of a magnitude 6 earthquake are 10 times greater in amplitude than those of a magnitude 5 earthquake. However, in terms of energy release, a magnitude 6 earthquake is about 31 times greater than a magnitude 5. The intensity of an earthquake varies greatly according to distance from the earthquake, ground conditions, and other factors. The Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale is used to describe earthquake effects." ( http://www.pgc.nrcan.gc.ca/seismo/eqinfo/richter.htm )
The following criteria are given by Natural Resources, Canada:
M=8: "Great" earthquake, great destruction, loss of life over several 100 km (1906 San Francisco, 1949 Queen Charlotte Islands) .
M=9: Rare great earthquake, major damage over a large region over 1000 km (Chile 1960, Alaska 1964, and west coast of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, 1700) .
Source Natural Resources Canada: http://www.pgc.nrcan.gc.ca/seismo/eqinfo/richter.htm
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12-30-2004, 06:47 PM
Curiouser and curiouser...
I also ran across this article on Rense.com, which indicates that not only was Tesla able to create earthquakes artificially, but the UN and the U. S. Senate were both completely aware of this technology, even attempting to regulate it in the mid 1970s.
Human Engineered Earthquakes (http://www.rense.com/political/weapons/earthqk.htm)
(Clipped from article)
The January 1978 edition of Specula magazine ran an article which described an incredibly profound phenomenon that could be produced within the Earth by what is called the 'Tesla Effect.' According to the article, electromagnetic signals of certain frequencies can be transmitted through the Earth to form standing waves in the Earth itself. In certain cases, coherence to this standing wave can be induced wherein a fraction of the vast, surging electromagnetic current of the Earth itself feeds into and augments the induced standing wave. In other words, "much more energy is now present in the standing wave that the ...amount being fed in from the Earth's surface." By interferometer techniques, giant standing waves can be combined to produce a focused beam of very great energy. This can the be used to produce earthquakes induced at distant aiming points.
It might be good to go back and re-read the above paragraph a couple of times. This is one of the things which greatly concerned Mr. Tesla, because this is exactly the type of thing that could easily get out of control once it begins vibrating within the Earth and could actually cause the Earth to VIBRATE TO PIECES. Could the use of this technique have been responsible for the great earthquake in Tangshan, China in 1976?
One source, Dr. Peter Beter, has stated that, by 1977, the Russians had placed fission-fusion-fission Superbombs in certain deep undersea trenches around the Phillipines. The source believes that the Phillipines are in the position of a 'keystone' within the giant Pacific Tectonic Plate. Russia had already been setting off lower yield undersea weapons in other areas around the Pacific Ocean causing strong earthquakes.
Dr. Beter believes the intention was/is to relieve tensions all around the Pacific plate, except the Phillipines where stresses would build to tremendous levels. Then, at a certain point, the bombs around the Phillipines will be set off. It is expected that this will cause incredible earthquakes and tidal waves and ultimately devastate the American West Coast. Volcanoes erupting in the Phillipines are an indication that stresses are building in the area. (Readers need to understand that earthquakes and volcanoes are intimately connected and work hand in hand, with the one sometimes triggering the other, and sometimes the reverse. An earthquake can open vents deep in the Earth which allow lava to flow up. In other cases, the stresses driving volcanic activity can also cause earthquakes.
The January 30, 1981 edition of the Washington Post reported that in 1979 there were 56 significant earthquakes in the world, and that by 1980 the annual figure was up to 71. Coincidentally, in 1980 there was an increase in ELF transmissions by both Russia and the United States.
At this point, I feel it behooves me to issue a direct warning to anyone still living in Hawaii, the West Coast of the USA or any other Pacific basin areas so far unaffected by this phenomenon. Since neither the source nor even the epicenter of this disturbance seems to have been indisputably identified, certainly aftershocks or second waves are neither improbable nor impossible.
In other words, I'm still not betting against Ahmad's numerology, and anyone living anywhere within the area I just described should stay alert, monitor National Weather Reports, even seismic data for the immediate future.
I don't like to scare people, but I would feel remiss if I didn't issue this warning.
12-30-2004, 09:26 PM
WTF? my jaw is on the floor...
How can humanity be so inhumane?
Tere's gonna be hell to pay...what goes around, comes around.
I agree with your warning Freeman. Aftershocks... that's a point. Have their been aftershocks? When I lived in Ca, these things usually rumbled on a few times after the event... pretty close to the event too...
Dumb question: have there been aftershocks?
I've never been in one (an earthquake), that shook just the one time. They'd pause and rattle on a bit less, and a bit less, and finally they'd stop.
I smell a rat of a 911 variety and he's trying to shit on Christmas in another corner of the world, as usual, if I'm not mistaken.
A theory in the advertising.
911 sends off the alarm bells psychologically as date of event is the actual numerical numbers one dials in the case of an emergency. You can plainly see how that one works. Hogwart's henry! It's all in the advertising!
Daniel Goldberg(?), taught me in a book, "Emotional intelligence", that is possible to high jack emotions through the fight or flight response when a person is mentally reminded, in any way, of highly emotionally charged event. Constantly making those towers fall over and over again, ingrained that picture of events in our minds to be used for further programming. Fu#king bastards!!!!!!!
The result being a stunned deer in the headlights.... sheeple follow me,I'll protect you from the Osama boogieman and steal your freedom from under your Christian voting noses, while I completely rip apart the good 'ol U.S. of A; just like what Richard whatever did in Pretty Woman, after he bought up a company. The new owner of said company dismantled it and sold off the best bits for cash, and screw the little doobie making the donuts.
That is Monsters Inc - the New World Order scaring one child at a time, the world over. They won't be happy until we are all living their nightmare. back on track cuz it's not gonna happen.
German dude got us thinking about terror attacks and houston... this is NLP stuff.
I think he might have been letting us know to highly question what the Christmas season was to bring, as a gift from Houston.
Could be he was just egging us on and that's where my mind is leading to. Just a thought.
12-30-2004, 10:46 PM
I don’t know if any of you guys went into the site “Godlike Productions” - http://www.godlikeproductions.com/bbs/message.php?page=104&topic=10&message=54181&mpage=&showdate=
pinpointed by Henry Makow, in his article “Another 9-11 Warning from German Intelligence?” http://www.savethemales.ca/000734.html, this is where the on-line chat w/ the “German Guy” takes place. I went there when Henry first wrote his article, & then again just moments before writing this “thread” & noticed the following piece written by “Anonymous Coward” - 12/30/2004 - 3:49 pm EST.
Now, put aside the speculations.
What are the chances that the biggest Earthquake in 40 years happened exactly 23 hours before (UTC) of the announced 12/27? There are pretty low.
Then, as someone else mentioned, Houston and payload could be a code. The center for all manned space flight operations of NASA is in Houston and precisely to the minute, one hour before the earthquake, the Russian Progress transporter docked with the ISS:
At the very minute of the earthquake, the ISS was at the antipode of the epicenter, that means, at the farthest position away from it on Earth.
That itself is not that important, mere another nice coincidence. However, from December 10 to January 1, the epicenter is never visible from the ISS:
That means, if there was something strange going on, like exploding some kind of weapon near the epicenter, no one on Earth and ISS could have seen it.
He mentions the fact that “at the very minute of the earthquake, the ISS was at the antipode of the epicenter,” “at the farthest position away from “it” on Earth.” Then he goes on to say that, “That itself is not that important, mere another nice coincidence.” Well I disagree, I think that if there is any relationship between the two, the fact that the ship was completely opposite to “it” on the other side of the planet might have some significant relevance. For example & theoretically speaking, & of course, if this information can be verified to be true, if “it” was triggered by a Tesla energy discharge, that would make the mathematics of the “transmitted beam” perfectly even. Think about it…
Reference: Nikola Tesla - Re: The Most Hated Scientist of the New World Order
12-31-2004, 12:36 AM
Now I feel really ill.
Welcome to Star Wars.
I knew that fucking bastard(GWB) coming here (canada - part of cover up... did someone mention?) promoting Star Wars was not a good sign. They always fucking say what they are up to. I am so fucking mad right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really feel physically ill. I am so mortified at what they are doing. They do tesla shit here. It's real. Have no doubts. They disappear naval vessels. I mentioned it in another thread. My mouth feels like a sailor's right now cuz i want to swear til next week. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
There is going to be hell to pay.
Good God Almighty!
I pray for our souls.
I'm shaking. No shit.
12-31-2004, 12:53 AM
Did they forget to create the aftershocks?
Were there any aftershocks recorded, anywhere?
What's the advertising angle? Have they named this nightmare yet. We all know the NWO wants faith to go and it's feeding time for the lions and the Christmas Season. It's a multicultural holiday or nightmare, as it now appears.
Did you see the new Holiday season memoirs? WE've had the predicted fire of revelation 911. Now you are seeing the Hollywood version of Noah's flood on reality t.v.
I don't do t.v. news. I've seen enough t.v. subliminals, to know not to watch. And the pictures scar your mind. Too graphic for me. I can imagine it after i've seen it once, clearly. I don't need to see it over and over and over.
What kind of world have I brought my children into?
What was I thinking?
12-31-2004, 11:25 AM
Institute pasted this in a new thread
It is time for prayers not celebration
Sheridan Mahavera & Alina Simon.
SUNGAI PETANI, Dec 29:
Anguished over the deaths and destruction from Sunday’s tsunami, Malaysian Prime Minister Hadji Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called off all New Year celebrations throughout the country.
Moved and emotional, Abdullah said this was not the time to be merry.
He directed that all government-organised celebrations be replaced by prayers for the tsunami victims. The Prime Minister also requested the private sector to put on hold concerts and other festivities.
His requested two mammoth New Year Eve concerts - the AmBank group's concert at Dataran Merdeka and the "Countdown 2005" at Kuala Lumpur City Centre by Petronas to be canceled.
Abdullah said instead of merry-making, people should spend the eve of Jan 1 in remembrance and prayers for all of us and specially those who lost their family members and homes in the disaster.
His comments drew strong applause from the crowd.
"This is not the time to be happy as thousands of people are grieving. We have never had a disaster like this in modern history.
"Please take the opportunity to pray for them to be calm and patient in facing this catastrophe and pray that it will never again occur " Abdullah said.
He urged all Muslim imam and clergy of other religions to touch on the catastrophe in their sermons and prayer services."
Remember the advertising, henry... you have to agree. The trend has beenset in motion. Feel ashamed ofyour greed and gluttony was what was advertised in our localmediawhen a womansold her christmas diamond earings and sent the money to the victims aid "organization". It's Orwellian cacaphony.
Bombard their minds with greed then makethem feel guilty for that greed. Buy thecigarettes the government sells and be banished from society for smoking them.
We must feel for those people and not celebrate Christmas. It's not a time for greed but prayer - now go get to the mall for your boxing day madness and get yourself further in debt, it'll make you feel better.
That old man from the States, in the lumberjack uniform, oddly resembling uncle sam, will be replacing the kindly old white-haired red-suited dude from the north pole. Prayer and ask questions folks. Lots of both.
Looks like the greedy grinch is stealin' Christmas folks.
The new thread is time for prayers not celebration by institute... I believe they are advertising by calling for prayer that this was the will of God and not the work of the NWO. My two cents.
12-31-2004, 02:26 PM
[The regional disaster is allowing the US to get a strong foothold in SE Asia where the US military has not been wanted. Military and economic manipulation appears to be occurring by warfare that cannot be proven?]
Singapore June 4 - June 6 2004
Press Coverage - The Straits Times
June 5th 2004
Less potent US forces in Asia? It's not about numbers
Rumsfeld: Forget 20th-century mindset - US military capability in Asia will be boosted even if troop strength is reduced
By Felix Soh
THE capabilities of American forces stationed in Asia will not be reduced but will be even greater - even as cutbacks in United States troop deployment worldwide are being studied.
On the American initiative to protect Asia's most vital and vulnerable waterway, the Straits of Malacca, the defence secretary said it was an idea in its early stages. Consultations were still going on.
'The exact shape is yet to be devised and defined,' he said. 'Any implication that it would impinge in any way on the territorial waters of some countries would be inaccurate. It just wouldn't.'
The US proposal, called the Regional Maritime Security Initiative, has become a hot-button issue after littoral states Indonesia and Malaysia reacted negatively to it.
Under the plan, US Navy vessels and troops would patrol the Straits or respond in emergencies together with regional navies.
A terrorist attack on commercial shipping in the narrow and busy channel would disrupt global trade. About a third of the world's trade and half of the world's oil supply pass through the 800km- long Straits.
Mr Rumsfeld also said that he would not be bringing up the initiative when he meets Asean defence officials here.
'It's not something I am involved in,' he said. The proposal was first mooted by US Commander of Pacific Forces, Admiral Thomas Fargo.
On the terrorist threat in South-east Asia, he said that it was a serious one.
'Funds are still going to terrorist networks, we know the networks are global, we know they exist in this part of the world,' he pointed out.
The only solution was for countries to cooperate to fight terrorism by sharing intelligence and information.
'If terrorists can kill 3,000 people from all nations, of all faiths, men, women and children, using commercial airliners, they can kill multiples of that using biological weapons,' he said.
'The intelligence one sees about the appetite of terrorists to get increasingly powerful weapons is reasonably persuasive.'
Southeast Asia Jun 11, 2004
Fear, fanaticism and an Asian tightrope act
By Anil Netto
PENANG, Malaysia - This country's decision to reject US forces in tackling "terrorism" in the Straits of Malacca - in effect rejecting feelers from neighboring Singapore, a US ally - reflects a delicate tightrope act.
On the one hand, Malaysia wants to work together with Singapore and Indonesia in curtailing regional piracy along the busy Straits - without superpower involvement in the region. Malaysia has also been a critic of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. On the other, the United States sees Malaysia as a useful sounding board in its "war on terror". What's more, Malaysia has extensive trading links with the United States: it is America's 10th-largest trading partner.
Singapore proposed the idea of enlisting US troops to help patrol the Straits, the narrow shipping lane between Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore that is vital to world trade but notorious for pirate attacks. Malaysia also has pledged to help wipe out piracy on the Strait, but Defense Minister Najib Razak, stressed last weekend that US counter-terrorism forces in the region would fuel Islamic fanaticism.
On May 10, US Trade Representative Robert B Zoellick and Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz signed a trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA). The agreement provides for "a bilateral forum to address trade issues and to help enhance trade and investment between the two countries". The TIFA creates a joint council to expand and liberalize trade and investment. It is also aimed at focusing attention on trade barriers that the United States faces and at helping to expand US access into Malaysia.
Just four days earlier, the US and Singapore, the United States' 11th-largest trading partner, reached a free trade agreement (FTA) "that would sweep away trade barriers".
Since the failure of the World Trade Organization meeting in Cancun, Mexico, last September, the United States has been working to overcome that setback by resorting to bilateral trade agreements. By its own admission, the United States has been "aggressively working to open markets globally, regionally and bilaterally and to expand American opportunities in overseas markets".
The month after the Cancun meeting, in October, the Enterprise for ASEAN Initiative (EAI) was unveiled. Under this initiative, the United States offered to enter bilateral FTAs with member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that were committed to the economic "reforms" and "openness". The US and each ASEAN partner would jointly decide when they were ready to enter FTA negotiations.
It is against this closer trade relationship with the United States that Defense Minister Najib Razak's declaration not to allow US "troops or assets" to set foot in the Straits of Malacca must be viewed.
Last Friday, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he hoped US forces would be hunting terrorists in Southeast Asia "pretty soon". Rumsfeld warned that Islamic extremists were targeting moderate Muslim states around the world.
Yet Malaysia does not appear to be faced with an immediate terrorist threat that it cannot handle by itself or within the context of ASEAN. It has locked away more than 80 alleged militants indefinitely under the feared Internal Security Act (ISA), sparking protests from human-rights groups. The exact nature of the threat posed by these individuals, some of them detained for more than two years, has not been independently verified, as none has been tried before an independent tribunal. The ISA allows for detention without trial.
Although the threat of piracy against shipping in the Straits of Malacca is serious, it should be viewed from a historical context rather than seen as "terrorism". Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Fa Hsien said in AD 413 after a voyage to India that the area was "infested with pirates". According to historians Barbara and Leonard Andaya, one of the most dangerous areas was the southern approach to the Malacca Straits, where numerous rocky outcrops provided a haven for raiding fleets. They pointed out that a Chinese itinerary circa AD 800 describes an island to the northeast of Srivijaya where "many ... people are robbers and those who sail ships fear them".
So while piracy in the Straits is nothing new, it is also nothing that regional governments cannot tackle through closer cooperation.
A key factor behind Malaysia's decision to reject a US military presence would be political. Any visible US presence in the region would ruffle feathers among Malaysia's Malay-Muslim majority population in particular. Many Muslims are strongly against the Anglo-American occupation of Iraq and see the United States as an ally of Israel, which has occupied Palestinian territories.
Although Malaysia has forged close trade links with the United States, from a political standpoint it cannot afford to be seen as working too closely with the US military. Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi may have won a sweeping majority in parliament in the March general election, but he cannot be complacent enough to disregard the long-term ambitions of the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS). In Malaysia's first past-the-post system, the ruling coalition won 90% of parliamentary seats but won just 63% of the popular vote. A swing of a few percentage points could make a lot of difference in many marginal seats.
In any case, any US military presence in Southeast Asia would violate a key ASEAN tenet of creating a Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (ZOPFAN). Malaysia is already a member of the Five Power Defense Arrangement (FPDA), which holds periodic joint exercises. This post-colonial arrangement, originally aimed at deterring the communist threat, groups together Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Syed Husin Ali, deputy president of the Malaysian People's Justice Party, has urged the Malaysian government to review the FPDA as well as the US-Malaysian Defense Agreement, signed in 1984 by then-US defense secretary Casper Weinberger and former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad. "Despite several requests made from inside and outside parliament, the government has refused to disclose the content of the [US-Malaysian Defense] Agreement," Syed observed. The agreement, he said, is believed to provide, among other things, for regular joint training for air and land forces of both countries, and for the access to Malaysian ports by the US Navy.
Moreover, Malaysia has already set up a Southeast Asian Regional Center for Counter-Terrorism in Kuala Lumpur. The center was mooted under a joint pact between ASEAN and the United States and focuses on capacity-building, human-resources development and exchange of information to counter terrorism.
On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer of another US ally, Australia, arrived in Malaysia to discuss trade, defense and security arrangements. Downer will also visit the Center for Counter-Terrorism "to examine ways to further enhance capacity". This visit suggests an Australian interest in the center as well.
According to the comments made by Najib, a US military presence in Southeast Asia could prove to be a magnet for the very groups Southeast Asian governments are wary of. As evidence of this, analysts point to how the US occupation of Iraq has not only generated an active domestic resistance but has also led to suicide bombings within Iraq and actively boosted the ranks of terror groups in the Arab region.
"There is a tendency for the Americans to generate rather than to resolve conflicts, especially when Americans are seen as representing an ideology which is diametrically opposed to those of its opponents," said Johan Saravanamuttu, a professor in international politics specializing in peace studies and conflict resolution.
Johan said the United States is the worst party to be involved in any kind of conflict-prevention process because it is not seen to be neutral by the groups involved. "America is part of the problem and not part of the solution," he added. Instead, he said, any regional measures should be carried out under the umbrella of the United Nations.
Of course, there are also lingering suspicions about US military motives in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Author Chalmers Johnson cites statistics gleaned from the US Defense Department's annual "Base Structure Report" for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic US military real estate. The Pentagon, he notes, owned or rented 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and had another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories. Not surprisingly, some critics are wary of US empire-building in the strategic sense - to exert military and economic dominance and create spheres of influence.
Others in the region still remember well the legacy of past US military involvement in Southeast Asia - the bloody atrocities in Vietnam; the secret US collaboration in the Indonesian massacres that toppled former president Sukarno, and the "big wink" the United States gave to that country that served as the green light for the dictator Suharto to launch Indonesia's bloody occupation of East Timor, which left 200,000 dead; as well as US backing for another despot, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines.
Najib's decision to reject a US presence in the region may not have been influenced by these considerations; but it will reassure many others in the region who would have been more than a little disturbed by any fresh US military deployment in Southeast Asia.
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Tsunami toll passes 121,000
By Chris Brummitt
10:52 a.m. December 31, 2004
Thai volunteers burn the rubbles on Phi Phi island in Krabi province, southern Thailand, Friday, Dec. 31, 2004.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Two U.S. Navy battle groups loaded with supplies headed for tsunami-ravaged coasts Friday and an airlift of dozens of flights brought help to this wrecked Indonesian city, as a huge world relief drive to shelter, treat and feed millions of survivors kicked in. The death toll passed 121,000 and was still climbing.
But with help streaming in, overstretched authorities were dealing with logistical nightmare of getting it to the needy. Tons of supplies were backlogged in Indonesia, with thousands of boxes filled with drinking water, crackers, blankets and other basic necessities piled high in an airplane hangar nearly 300 miles from Banda Aceh, the wrecked main city in the disaster zone.
Indonesia, the hardest hit nation, said its toll – now at 80,000 – could reach 100,000, and officials began to acknowledge that the number of dead may never be known with precision, because the towering waves that smashed into Sumatra island swept entire villages with their inhabitants out to sea.
Sunday's 9.0 magnitude quake struck just off the coast of Sumatra, near the Indian archipelago, sending walls of water racing across the Indian Ocean and wiping out coasts in 11 nations.
Thais and foreigners put candles on a long tray during the candlelight vigil for the tsunami victims outside a shopping mall in Phuket province, Thailand.
After Indonesia, Sri Lanka was the next hardest hit, with about 28,500 deaths. A total of more than 300 were killed in Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Somalia, Tanzania and Kenya.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday that nations had donated $500 million toward the relief effort, but more help was needed. Militaries from around the world geared up to help.
Nine U.S military C-130 transport craft took off Friday from Utapao, the Thai base used by U.S. B-52 bombers striking targets in Indochina during the Vietnam War, to rush supplies to the stricken resorts of southern Thailand and to more distant airfields in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, said Maj. Larry J. Redmon in Bangkok.
One of the cargo jets arrived in the main airport near Banda Aceh with blankets, medicine and the first of 80,000 body bags. Other C-130s were sent by Australia and New Zealand, and the Indonesian government said 42 flights from 18 countries had reached Sumatra by Friday.
Some pilots dropped food to villagers stranded among bloating corpses.
Two Navy groups of a dozen vessels – led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard – are headed for the coasts of Indonesia and Sri Lanka with supplies and, importantly, more than 40 helicopters to help ferry food and medicines into ravaged seaside communities.
(Continued . . . )
Posted on Fri, Dec. 31, 2004
Tsunami's victims wait, hope, endure
Millions in need of water, food, shelter, medicine
HERALD WIRE SERVICES
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Pilots dropped food to Indonesian villagers stranded among bloating corpses Thursday, while police in a devastated provincial capital stripped looters of their clothing and forced them to sit on the street as a warning to others. The death toll topped 120,000, and officials warned that 5 million people lack clean water, shelter, food, sanitation and medicine.
American planes delivered medical staff to Sri Lanka and body bags to Thailand, while a Thai air base used by B-52 bombers during the Vietnam War was becoming a hub for a U.S. military-led relief effort that will stretch along the Indian Ocean.
Also Thursday, the White House announced that President Bush will send a delegation led by Secretary of State Colin Powell and including the president's brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, to assess the damage and the need for additional assistance.
Responding to persistent criticism that U.S. pledges have been slow to materialize and deliveries of aid not fast enough, Boucher ticked off a string of relief flights and declared: "Any implication we are not leading the way is wrong."
The United States, India, Australia, Japan and the United Nations have formed an international coalition to coordinate worldwide relief and reconstruction efforts.
In Galle, the graceful old city on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, German and Finnish teams helped set up water plants and mobile clinics.
A U.S. Air Force plane arrived in the capital, Colombo, bringing 26 medical specialists from the Army, Marines and Air Force, which form part of the Pacific Fleet Command.
American planes already have delivered 1,400 body bags to southern islands in Thailand, where Interior Minister Bhokin Balakula said more than 3,500 bodies have been found. Rescue and forensic teams from Australia, Japan, Germany, Israel and other nations fanned out across Thailand trying to find survivors and identify rapidly decomposing corpses.
"We have to have hope that we'll find somebody," said Ulf Langemeier, head of a German team that combed a wrecked resort with three body-detecting dogs under huge flood lamps early Thursday.
There likely will be up to 1,000 U.S. military personnel arriving in Thailand in the next week, Lt. Col. Scott Elder said. A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle group is heading from Hong Kong to the shores of Sumatra. The first of many Air Force C-130 cargo planes has landed in Indonesia with blankets, plastic sheeting and medicines.
Australian and New Zealand military cargo planes have flown supplies and water purification plants into Indonesia. A Pakistani navy ship has been diverted to rescue survivors on outlying islands in the Maldives. Singapore is sending eight helicopters, a navy ship and more than 500 military personnel.
More than 120,000 bodies recovered from disaster
01-01-2005, 02:56 PM
NAZI BUSH REGIME's ENVIRO/HAARP-REICHSTAG FIRE: seize Aceh oil militarily as "rescue"
Why has a senior commander involved in the invasion of Iraq been assigned to lead the US emergency relief program? "Lieutenant General Blackman was previously Chief of Staff...leading the Marines into Baghdad..."
US Foreknowledge and Selective Warnings. Similar to 9-11, the automatic warning system STANDS DOWN to allow a terrorist act occur, hypothetically using the HAARP technology, to justify upcoming militarization of the area with US troops in an area rich with oil. Whether HAARP or otherwise, the associated issue would be the standdown of the automatic earthquake warning system among its subscribing member nations. This is CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE--U.S. ONLY WARNS AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIA--LEFT OTHERS IN AN ENVIRONMENTAL REICHSTAG FIRE TO DIE FOR POLITIAL GAIN, and then invaded oil rich Aceh with over 2000 U.S. Marines and two aircraft carriers with armed helicopters.
No one tells the member countries about the "earthquake". However, the US DOES WARN its military base in the aera. And from this military base, part of the invasion of Aceh is proceeding with TWO AIRCRAFT CARRIERS and led by the U.S.'s pre-emptive invasion of Iraq leadership. "In a bitter irony, part of this operation is being coordinated out of America's Naval base in Diego Garcia. The US warns its naval base, though fails to warn Indian Ocean rim governments. "...the strike group, with its seven ships, 2,100 Marines and 1,400 sailors aboard, also has four Cobra helicopters..."
The oil rich Aceh area, which like Iraq, was suffering from a civil war making oil extraction difficult. THE AMERICAN NAZI ANSCHLUSS MOVES OUT FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN--INTO ACEH: An·schluss: A political union, especially the one unifying Nazi Germany and Austria in 1938. http://dictionary.reference.com/search...
2004 Sumatra quake/tsunami (click to animate): HAARP and/or Selective Warnings
2004 Sumatra quake/tsunami (click to animate): HAARP and/or Selective Warnings
US Foreknowledge of Natural Disaster, then Selective Warning, then US military invasion from Iraqi commander and aircraft carriers
SAID IN APRIL 1997 BY THE U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, WILLIAM COHEN: "Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves... So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations... It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our [counterterrorism] efforts." --- Secretary of Defense William Cohen at an April 1997 counterterrorism conference sponsored by former Senator Sam Nunn. Quoted from DoD News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Q&A at the Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy, University of Georgia, Athens, Apr. 28, 1997.
"In short,...the Secretary of Defense of the United States confirmed that there are indeed novel kinds of EM weapons, right now and have been for some time, which have been and are being used to (1) initiate earthquakes, (2) engineer the weather and climate, and (3) initiate the eruption of volcanoes. We wrote about those exact uses of the weaponry decades ago. Several nations now have such weapons. Three of them (two on one side and the other on a hostile side) are even firing practice shots into Western Australia, as a convenient test range." [or undersea Indian ocean, just to see what their power can do].
(Continued . . .)
01-01-2005, 03:15 PM
Watch the giant tidal wave savage American 'assets' in the Indian Ocean, while New York frantically orders US Navy battle groups instead of hospital ships to Aceh and Sri Lanka. The USS 'Abraham Lincoln' has already arrived in Banda Aceh to stop the Indonesian Government taking back its own Aceh oil and gas fields from ExxonMobil. A report on this will be published in a few days. Meanwhile, you might like to refresh your memories about what the nuclear USS Abraham Lincoln was doing on 26 December 2002, exactly two years to the day before the Sumatran Trench exploded upwards an outwards. Remember Cyclone Zoe anyone?
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Natural Event or Weather Warfare?
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Note 01 January 2005: Though Zoe struck Tikopia on 28 December, the cyclone was spun up on 26 December 2002, exactly two years to the day before the Sumatran Trench exploded
01-01-2005, 07:23 PM
Sunday, January 2, 2005
Asia commodity flows unhindered by tsunami
SINGAPORE: Shipments of oil, metals and agricultural products around the Indian Ocean have escaped most of the devastation wreaked by an earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 23,600 people across Asia.
Well-protected ports and oil refining operations have been largely unaffected, while major rice and soymeal producing areas are far enough inland to have avoided the giant waves that crashed into coastlines in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. But commodity traders said rubber shipments from Indonesia’s Sumatra island, close to the offshore epicentre of the world’s biggest earthquake in 40 years, had been delayed due to damage to road and rail links to the coast.
“Suppliers have been calling to say there are delays because bridges have been wiped out in Sumatra,” a trader with a large Chinese rubber importer said. Indonesia is the world’s second-largest rubber producer after Thailand, where traders have not reported any delays to shipments.
Cargoes already on the water when the earthquake struck had not been affected, traders and shipping industry officials said.
They said oil and bulk commodity tankers, built to withstand high waves, would probably not even have been aware of the tsunami as it picked up force far below the water’s surface.
“Tankers on the sea usually don’t even notice tsunamis,” a spokesman for the Japanese Shipowners’ Association said. “Tsunami waves usually get powerful in shallow and narrow-shaped bays. But ports for big tankers are not usually located in such bays, so tankers are immune from the impact.”
Oil facilities survive: OPEC member Indonesia’s main oil-producing region on Sumatra is to the south of the devastated Aceh region, where Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the death toll could reach 25,000.
The Arun liquefied natural gas plant, at the tip of Aceh, was spared by good fortune, said Wimpi Tjetjep, chief of research and development at Indonesia’s mines and energy ministry. “The LNG port escaped from the tsunami because the wave, when it arrived at the port, was not as big as in other areas. This was just luck,” he said.
Exxon Mobil Corp., which operates offshore gas fields that feed the LNG terminal, said it had briefly halted some operations on Sunday but restored them later that day. In southern India, authorities shut Madras port after the tsunami, delaying some crude oil imports to the 190,000 barrel per day Chennai Petroleum Corp. Ltd. refinery. But the port has since reopened and the plant had enough reserves to continue operating.
Soymeal shipments from India were also unaffected, traders said. The peak season started in November and runs until March. “The only port which has been affected badly is Madras. Not much soymeal goes out from there anyway,” said R. Ravi, director of Agrocorp International Pte Ltd., a Singapore-based commodities trading firm.
“There will be no major impact on the supply situation and prices of vegetable oils in India,” said Sandeep Bajoria, chairman of the Central Organisation of Oil Industry and Trade, adding availability of domestic oil was also good.
Rice shipments: Most rice shipments out of Thailand, the world’s largest exporter of the grain, are also expected to move on schedule.
“The areas in Thailand that have been affected are mainly in the south, which is not the major rice exporting area,” said Charoen Laothamatas, secretary-general of the Thai Rice Exporters’ Association.
“A lot of rice goes from the northeast. Cargoes should be moving as per schedule,” he said. Also in Thailand, the tin smelter on the holiday island of Phuket was operating as normal, said an official for Thaisarco, the company that operates the plant. Thaisarco is located in southeast Phuket, which was not as badly affected as the island’s west coast.
Thailand’s oil and gas fields are off the east coast in the Gulf of Thailand.
Traders said there had been talk at the Chicago Board of Trade that soyoil might find support from worries that Indonesian palm production or shipping had been hampered. But a Singapore-based edible oils trader said there was no cause to worry. “Palm is not grown close to coastal areas. I don’t see any impact on production,” he said. “As far as shipments are concerned, there are not many scheduled at the moment.”
Tokyo rubber futures settled lower on Tuesday, the last trading session of the year, a day after hitting a five-week high on supply concerns. Rubber futures in Shanghai were little affected. —Reuters
01-04-2005, 02:53 PM
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