NEWS AND NOTES mm RETHINKIN G THE TSUNAM I According to research on the Su- matra-Andaman earthquake of 26 December 2004 appearing in the March issue of Nature, scientists may need to revise their former ideas about where giant earth- quakes are likely to occur. "Thi s earthquake didn't just break all the records, it also broke some of the rules," says scientist Kerry Sieh of Caltech, an author of the report. "Thes e exciting findings can help us learn how earthquakes such as this are generated, and therefore which areas around the world are at risk from these natu- ral disasters," says Eva Zanzerkia, Th e flat top of th e coral marks the lowest tide levels before the giant program director in the National Sumatra-Andama n earthquake. Th e wate r level mark s th e lowest low- Science Foundation (NSF)'s di- tid e level after th e earthquake. vision of earth sciences, which funded the research. The 2004 event occurred along method studied corals on island distance of up to 93 miles, and a giant earthquake fault where the reefs: the top surfaces of these that along this huge contact area, Indo-Australian tectonic plate is corals
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 2006
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