December 30, 2004
"THERE IS A LIKELIHOOD OF ANOTHER TSUNAMI WAVE HITTING THE COAST NEAR CHENNAI SHORTLY (MAY BE WITHIN ONE HOUR)"
13 years ago
I hope not. I hope this is wrong!
'No tsunami threat in Chennai'
. That tiny 5.3 was five hours ago anyway.
Crikey. Nearly had a heart attack.
Government issues nationwide tsunami alert
In other words, Panic! No, don't! No, wait, panic! ...I think some new agencies are slower than others.
Well, no matter what happens I now have the mental energy to stay up for another 20 min.
What, did the U.S. pledge Department of Homeland Security support over there?
Lowering the tone somewhat, but given all the panic out there at the moment, perhaps this is the place for me to post
It would have been nice to warn of the first tsunami. But no, now they're just trying to make up for their irresponsibility by panicking everybody who is trying to take stock of their lives in the aftermath.
The latest scare
the relief process.
Можно заодно перевод для непонимающих?
FROM : INTEROCEAN SHIPPING (INDIA) PVT LTD — NEW DELHI 30TH DECEMBER'04 : OUR REF: IA/YSA/12/04/1150 THE PORT AUTHORITIES AT CHENNAI HAVE VERBALLY INFORMED ALL PORT USERS THAT THERE IS A LIKELIHOOD OF ANOTHER TSUNAMI WAVE HITTING THE COAST NEAR CHENNAI SHORTLY (MAY BE WITHIN ONE HOUR).THE PORT BERTHING MEETING WAS ENDED ABRUPTLY AND UNDERSTAND THAT ALL VESSELS IN PORT HAVE BEEN ASKED TO STANDBY WITH THEIR ENGINES AND BE READY FOR ALL EMERGENCIES AND ALSO BE READY FOR IMMEDIATE SHIFTING TO THE SEA. SHALL REVERT WITH ANY FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDS AGENCY DIVISION INTEROCEAN
Soooo, 5-ish hours later...did this ever wind up happening or what?
The above bulletin is not new... it's what was on the FPP. Why is this being posted?
I think Skrik has pretty much nailed it. After having royally farked up the first tsunami, the cover-your-ass gear kicks in, as they are now issuing warnings on POTENTIAL earthquakes that
lead to a tsunami. Tsunamis are hard enough to predict, where they'll go and what size, but at least you have an earthquake or landslide to begin with. Predicting earthquakes of any magnitude is a challenge. All they've done is panic the public needlessly, and lose whatever credibility they had left. Oh, and hamper relief efforts, to boot. Leave it to the beaurocrats to take a bad bad situation and make it worse.
monkeyfilter: BE READY FOR IMMEDIATE SHIFTING TO THE SEA.
one of your very own monkeys was in the office that generated this news bulletin. and you can go on hating me, and all that. i am now in new delhi, india, which is a part of Asia.
Starc: Rough deal, first not to have been able to warn on the original event, now damned if you do if there is nothing, and double-damned if you don't, if there is a second tsunami.
Self-styled quake predictor's alert causes panic
What an asshole. Really. And he doesn't know he is.
I don't know; I think my money is on the guy with the two-year degree in digital electronics.
ha! The problem was just as much the Indian government's issue. In fact, word has it that they went ahead with the report on the tidal wave likelihood, even though nobody could figure out if this guy was legit. And something should be cleared up. Tsunami and tidal waves are different. Teh warning ws for a likely tidal wave, not a tsunami. These terms get confused. That's also a problem.
I've been telling people that for the last couple of days, Starc, about tidal waves versus tsunamis. But not too vehemently; I thought that since everyone was saying it, I was wrong. I used to think that was common knowledge but it must have been some piece of trivia I picked up as a kid.