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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 11:05 AM
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Any DUers watching GEM$NBC right now
That destruction in Chile is mind blowing. Clearly the coastline was hit by a tsunami. The destruction of infrastructure, in particular roads and bridges, is going to require massive government spending.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 11:07 AM
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1. I thought the Tsunami would emanate out, away from the coast. How
does it work?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 11:10 AM
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2. Not sure but the Galapagos islands off
Ecuador were also hit with a tsunami.
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 11:18 AM
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3. I'm not an expert in plate tectonics by any stretch of the imagination
but if my recollection of Newtonian physics hasn't been corrupted by the ravages of age, I would say that the waves radiate outward in a circular (even spherical, until reaching the ocean surface) pattern - like ripples on a pond when a stone strikes the surface.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 11:32 AM
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4. This explains it better than anything I have found.
http://science.howstuffworks.com/5-natural-disaster-vid...

You might have to click "Next Video" to get to the Tsunami video.

The water doesn't just go in one direction. It emanates from where the earthquake originated. If the earthquake is offshore, the tsunami that might be generated will hit nearby land as well as places on the other directions.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 11:43 AM
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5. Also this link:
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 11:46 AM
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7. Thanks for both links
:hi:
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 11:46 AM
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6. It did
GEM$NBC was just repeating that - several coastal areas were hit with massive waves. One Ferris wheel was moved inland as were boats, massive trucks and containers - unbelievable. The real damage is becoming visible now. The really good news is that this happened during the night and not when people were either at work or just leaving work as happened in Haiti.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-28-10 12:09 PM
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8. Pics near the bottom are of the damage the tsunami did
Edited on Sun Feb-28-10 12:12 PM by Warpy
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/02/earthquake_in_...

Reports said it was a 2 meter wave, but who knows? It had a huge amount of power, whatever height it was, and anything near the coast was smashed to bits.

On edit: example
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