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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 57 -- Sumatra Tsunami.

FACTS ABOUT THE SUMATRA EARTHQUAKE THAT CAUSED THE GREAT TSUNAMI OF 2004-

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"Normally, a small earthquake might last less than a second; a moderate sized earthquake might last a few seconds. This earthquake lasted between 500 and 600 seconds (at least 10 minutes)," said Charles Ammon, associate professor of geosciences at Penn State University.

The quake released an amount of energy equal to a 100 gigaton bomb, according to Roger Bilham, professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado.

And that power lasted longer than any quake ever recorded.

The quake, centered in the Indian Ocean, also created the biggest gash in the Earth's seabed ever observed, nearly 800 miles. That's as long as a drive from northern California into southern Canada.

Scientists estimated the average slippage (ground movement up and down) along the entire length of the fault was at least 5 meters (16.5 feet) -- with some places being moved nearly 20 meters (50 feet).

Scientists have also upgraded the magnitude of the quake from 9.0 to between 9.1 and 9.3, a dramatically more powerful event. As a comparison: the ground shook 100 times harder during December's earthquake than what was felt in the 1989 Loma Prieta quake in California. That 6.9 magnitude quake caused extensive damage from Santa Cruz to San Francisco....

Global broadband seismometers recorded the ground in Sri Lanka, a thousand miles from the epicenter, moved up and down by more than 9 centimeters (3.6 inches), according to the report.

But no place on Earth escaped movement.

"Globally, this earthquake was large enough to basically vibrate the whole planet as much as half an inch, or a centimeter. Everywhere we had instruments, we could see motions," Ammon said.

Source:

CNN.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 25 May 2005 08:51 AM

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It really is interesting to think that the Tsunami changed the world! That Quake is rather large wouldn't you say?... I have really enjoyed this Carnival of Revolutions! I hope you don't mind me changing the subject,BUT it really has been quite interesting! Thank you all so much for being apart of such a Treasure Trove of real life human events going on around the world. I really hope alot of people get to take advantage of what you all have put together!...Thanks!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 25, 2005 03:23 PM

It's even more amazing that the 1960 Chilean earthquake was about twice as large as the Sumatran event!

Posted by: Henry Bowman at May 29, 2005 08:47 AM