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(Bloomberg)   Earthquake measured at 8.5 hits Indonesia, several reported dead   ( divider line
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7646 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Dec 2004 at 11:42 PM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-12-25 11:44:46 PM  
That sucks...
2004-12-25 11:45:22 PM  
Top 10 of all time? Ouch
2004-12-25 11:47:02 PM  
Didn't we have an 8.2 in antarcticta a few days ago? Scary.
2004-12-25 11:47:10 PM  
When I first heard this, the first words out of my mouth were "EIGHT POINT FIVE?!"

Jebus. Yahoo says that Indonesia saying it was a 6.4

Heck of a difference...
2004-12-25 11:48:19 PM  
Yay for grammar mistakes.

/too much eggnog
2004-12-25 11:48:19 PM  
That's a big damn earthquake. Poor people :(
2004-12-25 11:48:22 PM  
Somebody's working FARK tonight? Geez.

/I know you are, but what am I?
2004-12-25 11:49:27 PM  
I think the 8.5 was the one reported out in the ocean near indonesia. Perhaps the 6.4 was what they felt in indonesia itself?

/I have no clue about earthquakes
2004-12-25 11:49:46 PM  
"Several"? Sounds like the whole country would shake to pieces with that monster...
2004-12-25 11:49:47 PM  
I had a kung pao chicken that was an 8.5 and it burned my mouth
2004-12-25 11:51:58 PM  
I'm not sure but I think at 10 the earth is destroyed
2004-12-25 11:53:25 PM  
Guess its no longer a silent night for them...

//we have invented hi-tech machines, but sadly, no cure for natural disasters other than love and caring.. :(
2004-12-25 11:54:32 PM  
If it was centered off shore, does that mean that a bigass wave rolls in?

I'm not up on tsunami facts.
2004-12-25 11:55:48 PM  
From the CNN article:

"I saw four bodies of kids and five bodies of adults," one resident identified as Mustofa told El Shinta radio.

Well, by golly, if it's good enough for Mustofa, it's good enough for me :)
2004-12-25 11:56:12 PM  
oh man, an 8.5 sweet googly moogly!!
2004-12-25 11:56:52 PM  
Tsunamis ARE ocean waves produced by earthquakes.
2004-12-25 11:57:33 PM  
We should be running for out lives man..
its getting closer to the americas
2004-12-25 11:58:14 PM  
So, we have Mt. Saint Helens active and two massive quakes within the last 6 months all along the ring of fire.

Anyone else feeling their butt pucker?
2004-12-25 11:58:21 PM  
Its gods way of punishing the godless nation of Indonesia on Christmas.
2004-12-25 11:58:22 PM  
So a large wave caused by a shelf slough or by a boulder slide aren't tsunamis?
2004-12-25 11:58:49 PM  
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2004-12-25 11:58:50 PM  
First antartica, now indonesia, I bet the Phillippines are next in the Earthquake fun. (though considering the fault lines, more likely China)
2004-12-25 11:59:06 PM  
That too, stebain.
2004-12-26 12:01:17 AM  
I knew you meant that too. ;)
2004-12-26 12:01:49 AM  
oh shiat.
2004-12-26 12:03:20 AM  
Crickets on CNN, FOX, MSNBC.
2004-12-26 12:03:20 AM!

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2004-12-26 12:03:35 AM  
CNN says 6.4
2004-12-26 12:04:23 AM  
Next week there will be a thread titled "4 horsemen spotted, hobo on the corner was right"
2004-12-26 12:04:25 AM  
2004-12-26 12:06:10 AM  
Yeah, well f*ck CNN! ;)

In all seriousness, I trust the USGS over CNN any day. Hell, CNN is still reporting the 1 in 300 number on the asteroid probs when it's been revised to 1 in 45 (and a 4 on the torino scale) for half of the day now. I think CNN is a little understaffed today.
2004-12-26 12:07:33 AM  
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2004-12-26 12:08:13 AM  
There's been a shiatload of seismic activity in the past year or so.

I'm still waiting for the "Big One" from the New Madrid fault system.

/mmmm... quakes in the midwest...
2004-12-26 12:08:23 AM  

/i dunno
2004-12-26 12:08:29 AM  
Ah, an Ed Begley movie... straight to Video (Store trashbins).
2004-12-26 12:08:53 AM  
Sue Hill in Hong Kong at s­h­ill6[nospam-﹫-backwards]grebmoo­lb*ne­t

Haha. There are a buncha shills over at bloomberg.

/off the th' bar.
2004-12-26 12:11:38 AM  
Anyone know - what's the biggest quake ever recorded? In the 9.X range? Higher?
2004-12-26 12:11:51 AM  
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2004-12-26 12:18:38 AM  
OMG, look at that fat thing, if that was my kid I would drown it with those kittens I drowndeded last month.
2004-12-26 12:24:13 AM  
Looscannon: I'm not sure but I think at 10 the earth is destroyed

Not quite a planet-killer, but it can sink a continent, supposedly. There's never been a ten pointer, though, so they don't know. The scale is exponential, and if I remember rightly, it's exponential from point to point, like from 8.0 to 8.1. I think the record earthquake is a 9-pointer in Alaska. Right after the earthquake, they were seriously scared Alaska had sunk into the ocean.
2004-12-26 12:25:08 AM  
there was a 9.5 recorded in Chile back in 1960 - killed 2,000.

in 1964 a 9.2 hit Alaska, gg to 117 unlucky eskimos.
2004-12-26 12:28:55 AM  
wow,it must suck cuz that place is very popu...popol...there's alotta ppl over there.
2004-12-26 12:29:50 AM  
It's exponential from integral to integral, so a 6 is 10 times stronger than a 5, and 100 times stronger than a 4.
2004-12-26 12:32:59 AM  
Is that why Intuit and Microsoft's product support is down?
2004-12-26 12:33:59 AM  
/...integer to integer?
2004-12-26 12:34:17 AM  
I find it amusing that there's a reporter out there whose email address is "Shill"

(bottom of the article)
2004-12-26 12:38:40 AM  
too lazy (or perhaps ignorant) to link...

Oh, and sorry to say but nothing can sink a continent. Continental crust is less dense then oceanic crust and the mantle so it floats.
2004-12-26 12:39:55 AM  
That was the only Maury Povich show I've ever seen. Must have been hung-over and called in sick. Is he still alive?
2004-12-26 12:40:22 AM  
Tidal waves already hit... 4 missing.​nesiaqua kethailand_041226052457
2004-12-26 12:41:44 AM  
Like Jimbo says, 10 on the Richter scale is a little hard to envision. I heard if the Earth shook that hard, the waves wouldn't propagate, the earth would just sort of sift away. Still, gnarr says 9.2 and 9.7's were recorded, so I don't know where the cutoff is. Like everyone says, logrithmic scale, so the difference between a 9.8 and a 9.7 is much greater than the difference between a 8.0 and a 9.0
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