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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 05:46 PM
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Tsunami warning in south Pacific
Source: BBC News

Tsunami warning in south Pacific

A tsunami warning has been issued for Papua New Guinea and island nations in the south-west Pacific after an 8.1-magnitude earthquake off Vanuatu.

The epicentre was 373 km (232 miles) north of Santo, Vanuatu's largest island, at a depth of 33km (20.5 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

There have so far been no immediate reports of injuries of damage.

More than 170 people died last week when a tsunami triggered by an quake hit Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

Earlier on Wednesday, a 6.7-magnitude quake struck off the Philippines, but no tsunami warning was issued.


Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8296080.stm
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 05:50 PM
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1. USGS is calling this one a 7.8. And the Celebes Sea had a 6.7 today also.
The SW Pacific rim has REALLY done some shaking lately.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 05:53 PM
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2. It is all around the Australian plate
Expect a big one near Indonesia, on the other side of the plate.
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:03 PM
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6. And they just had a third - Vanatu 7,3
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:08 PM
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7. Holy shit!
That's major!

I wonder if all these quakes are precursors for something really, really big.
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:11 PM
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9. I am truly frightened for the people on the ring.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 05:55 PM
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3. Pacific Tsunami Center bulletin
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2217Z 07 OCT 2009

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

VANUATU / SOLOMON IS. / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / TUVALU /
NEW CALEDONIA / FIJI / KIRIBATI / KOSRAE / WALLIS-FUTUNA /
HOWLAND-BAKER

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

MARSHALL IS. / TOKELAU / KERMADEC IS / POHNPEI / NEW ZEALAND /
SAMOA / AMERICAN SAMOA / TONGA / AUSTRALIA / NIUE /
COOK ISLANDS / CHUUK / INDONESIA / WAKE IS. / JARVIS IS. /
PALMYRA IS. / GUAM / N. MARIANAS / JOHNSTON IS. / YAP /
MARCUS IS. / BELAU

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 2203Z 07 OCT 2009
COORDINATES - 13.0 SOUTH 166.3 EAST
DEPTH - 33 KM
LOCATION - VANUATU ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.0

EVALUATION

IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. THIS WARNING IS
BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS
SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN
STRIKE COASTLINES NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES AND MORE
DISTANT COASTLINES WITHIN HOURS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE
APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER
WILL MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA FROM GAUGES NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE TO
DETERMINE IF A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED AND ESTIMATE THE SEVERITY OF
THE THREAT.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/pacific/2009/paci...
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 05:56 PM
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4. Tsunami Advisory to State of Hawaii
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
1218 PM HST WED OCT 07 2009

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI ADVISORY

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE
AT 1217 PM HST.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 1203 PM HST 07 OCT 2009
COORDINATES - 13.0 SOUTH 166.3 EAST
LOCATION - VANUATU ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.0 MOMENT

EVALUATION

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EXPANDING
REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE PACIFIC
LOCATED CLOSER TO THE EARTHQUAKE. AN EVALUATION OF THE PACIFIC
WIDE TSUNAMI THREAT IS UNDERWAY AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT
HAWAII COULD BE ELEVATED TO A WATCH OR WARNING STATUS.

IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL
TIME IS

0650 PM HST WED 07 OCT 2009

MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/hawaii/2009/hawai...
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:02 PM
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5. Holy shit - they juyst got hit by a third one
MAP 7.3 2009/10/07 22:18:43 -13.684 164.709 35.0 VANUATU REGION
MAP 7.8 2009/10/07 22:03:16 -13.052 166.187 35.0 VANUATU
MAP 6.7 2009/10/07 21:41:15 4.043 122.584 582.8 CELEBES SEA

I love this equake addon, but it is quite unnerving to see this.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:09 PM
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8. I fell into a burning ring of fire...
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:15 PM
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10. I keep the world map you show, and the CA/NV map up all day...
Edited on Wed Oct-07-09 06:19 PM by JuniperLea
And keep refreshing... plus I have email notices come in for anything in So Cal that is 3.0 or greater in magnitude... I think spending my weekdays on the 39th floor in downtown Los Angeles has left me a little punchy and paranoid!



Edited to say... the little fault line that cuts the Palos Verdes Penninsula is where I live... and the one that branches off to the north of that line is where I work... yeah... freaky. 1014 quakes on that map... usually around 300.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:38 PM
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11. Update by BBC
Coastal evacuations

It could strike coastlines near the epicentre within minutes and more distant lands in hours, it added.

New Caledonian authorities were evacuating the island's eastern shore and Loyalty Islands, moving people to higher ground, Reuters news agency reported.

Residents of coastal areas of Tuvalu were also being told to move, AFP reported.

Among the 22 countries and territories included in the tsunami watch were Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8296080.stm
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jaksavage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-08-09 09:51 PM
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20. No where to go in Tuvalu
Climb a coconut.
I was a Peace corps volunteer there @ 1980.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:40 PM
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12. Another powerful quake rattles South Pacific
Edited on Wed Oct-07-09 06:41 PM by IndianaGreen
Another powerful quake rattles South Pacific

Magnitude 7.8 temblor strikes near volcanic island chain of Vanuatu


breaking news
NBC, msnbc.com and news services
updated 11 minutes ago

A powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked the South Pacific near the Vanuatu archipelago Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, triggering a regional tsunami alert.

The quake struck 183 miles northwest of the Vanuatu island of Santo, and 354 miles northwest of the capital of Port Vila, at a depth of 21 miles. An aftershock with a 7.3 magnitude also was reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center immediately issued a regional tsunami warning for 11 nations and territories, including Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Fiji and Kiribati. A tsunami watch, a lower level of alert, was in effect as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage from officials in Vanuatu, a chain of 83 islands. It lies just over 1,400 miles northeast of Sydney, Australia.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33215983/ns/world_news-asia...
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:54 PM
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13. Latest bulletin:2336Z 07 OCT 2009 (7:36 EDT)-Confirmation a tsunami was generated
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2336Z 07 OCT 2009

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

VANUATU / SOLOMON IS. / NAURU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / TUVALU /
NEW CALEDONIA / FIJI / KIRIBATI / KOSRAE / WALLIS-FUTUNA /
HOWLAND-BAKER / MARSHALL IS. / TOKELAU / KERMADEC IS / POHNPEI /
NEW ZEALAND / SAMOA / AMERICAN SAMOA / TONGA / AUSTRALIA /
NIUE / COOK ISLANDS / CHUUK / INDONESIA

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

WAKE IS. / JARVIS IS. / PALMYRA IS. / GUAM / N. MARIANAS /
JOHNSTON IS. / YAP / MARCUS IS. / BELAU / MIDWAY IS. /
FR. POLYNESIA / HAWAII / PHILIPPINES

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 2203Z 07 OCT 2009
COORDINATES - 13.0 SOUTH 166.3 EAST
DEPTH - 33 KM
LOCATION - VANUATU ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.0

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- -----
LUGANVILLE, VANUATU 15.5S 167.2E 2312Z 0.04M / 0.2FT 6 MIN

LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND
COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD
TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS
CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE
EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/pacific/2009/paci...
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 06:56 PM
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14. Pacific Tsunami Center upgrades tsunami watch for Hawaii to an advisory
BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 2
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
136 PM HST WED OCT 07 2009

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WATCH

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
0136 PM HST.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 1203 PM HST 07 OCT 2009
COORDINATES - 13.0 SOUTH 166.3 EAST
LOCATION - VANUATU ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.0 MOMENT

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- -----
LUGANVILLE, VANUATU 15.5S 167.2E 2312Z 0.04M / 0.2FT 6 MIN

LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

EVALUATION

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.

IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF
THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS

0650 PM HST WED 07 OCT 2009

MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/hawaii/2009/hawai...
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 07:09 PM
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15. KHNL: Tsunami watch issued for Hawaii (hit Hawaii sometime around 6:50 PM)
Tsunami watch issued for Hawaii

Posted: Oct 07, 2009 7:47 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 07, 2009 7:59 PM EDT


HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami watch for Hawaii after an earthquake off the Vanuatu Islands. The magnitude 8.0 quake struck just after noon Hawaiian time.

According to the Center, if a tsunami was created, it would hit Hawaii sometime around 6:50 PM

http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=11277111
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 07:13 PM
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16. Here is the latest from the center
http://origin-wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/ptwc/ptwc_rss_pacific...

Oh and I wonder if Anuk Krakatoa is about to go... no pun. That would be bad on multiple levels... or if they are getting another volcano coming up
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bigworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 07:25 PM
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17. It has been cancelled - NOAA
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 07:32 PM
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18. Good news
There has been a rash of strong quakes around the Australian plate. These today were on the Eastern edge. Expect strong quakes on the Western edge near Indonesia.
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pitchforksandtorches Donating Member (288 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 08:57 PM
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19. earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are
You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.



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