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Vanuatu, 7.8 quake. Anybody have any experience with this Pacific Island nation?

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The third pacific massive quake and Tsunami in two weeks has just hit:

http://www.ksbw.com/weather/21232878/detail.html?treets=mty&tml=mty_natlbreak&ts=T&tmi=mty_natlbreak_1_06200110072009

7.8 Quake Strikes Off Vanuatu A powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake has rocked the South Pacific near the Vanuatu archipelago, the U.S. Geological Survey reports, triggering a regional tsunami alert.

---Any readers have any experience with this island nation? There isn't anything very high there, so any Tsunami could cause massive death and distruction.

Was just wondering if there are any Lawrence connections.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

Just Wiki Vanuatu and you'll find a good article.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

I remember in the 80's I noticed that Vanuatu was so poor or else so short of people that they hired a noncitizen to represent them at the U.N., and to represent them with the U.S.

if marioni can be believed, that's good news about the Tsunami. however, the earthquake itself may have had very serious effects. 7.8 is very strong.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

thanks Multi. yes that would be sad.
but sometimes it is true man proposes but God disposes.


apparently a Tsunami warning was issued, and one was observed but it was small so warning was canceled: http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/200910/2708068.htm?desktop

article also states another serious earthquake hit Philippines, not so strong.

last I knew Howland and Baker islands were American possessions.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

Jesse, yeah, I hear you man!
so, should we ask how long ago you and your bride were at Iririki?


I can't seem to get the Port Vila broadcaster to come up on my computer, but it says they're doing updates to their website, so...


maybe instead of Greece, our new sister city should be in Vanuatu.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

oh! thought maybe you were gonna say: "it were back in '54, and you kids get off my lawn!"

but thanks for the extra story! yes, I bet the 8/9 went by really fast! interesting diving by the old WWII stuff. how deep was it there?


http://www.fm107vanuatu.com/

I got the radio to work, says will run on windows media...not. needs winamp only!
they don't seem too upset, sounds like a normal radio broadcast day there so guess big quake out in ocean didn't mess up paradise too much.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

kinda makes me worry that California will be next on the big quake hit list.
last night southern california had a 3.8. and when I was in california, we didn't even get off of the phone for a 3.8. you're more likely to get injured by sneezing.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 11 months ago

Marioni, I grew up in the most geologically active county of California.

among your encyclopedic smarts, do you also claim to be an earthquake specialist, too?

anyone reading my last post rationally would see that I meant far more immediate threat than the "big one" is due any year or ten, maybe overdue.

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