Posted by Vishva News Reporter on December 27, 2004

DECEMBER 26, 2004:

  • Undersea earthquake magnitude: 9.0 (Richter scale); epicenter located off the coast of Burma

  • This earth quake is a split second event of the two earth plates in the ocean bottom grinding and moving against each other after complex geological actions in the earth's crust for the millions of years to date.

  • India and eastern Asia to Japan are located on the Euro-Asia plate and this earthquake occurred along the 1000 km long fault line between India and Burma

  • Energy released by earthquake: Equal to one million atomic bombs of the size dropped on Japan in the Second World War.

  • Effects of earthquake energy release:

    •  powerful enough to disturb the Earth's rotation;

    • ocean wave traveling at 800 km/hour - faster than commercial airlines and height of 10 m at India coast line;

    • Property and life destruction in Indonesia, shoreline of south India, Ceylon, Andaman Islands, and Coast of Sudan in Africa some 3000 miles away.

Photo: The biggest earthquake in 40 years has killed thousands and left thousands more families  homeless and vulnerable.  Photo: Stringer/Reuters AlertNet

Please click on the next line to read the veDik and current science perspectives of this calamity which is causing so much DuKH in the peoples of Burma, south India, Ceylon and about 3000 miles away in Sudan, Africa....

(shared by SRii Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry from his veD library)

In SCIENCES OF CREATION AND LIFE called veD in sNskRUt language this world we live in is created by the sMyog of purush and pRkRUti...purush is the aat`maa (soul) that everything created from the 24 tt`v of pRkRUti has from a grain of sand to a rock to a planet to a solar system to a galaxy and all living beings from a microbe to animals to plants to human beings... all of these creations has infinite variety of ruup (bodies) and naam (names).

All the creations are created, sustained and cyclically and eternally recreated in an operating system of universal laws called DHARm, RUt and st`y....These three entities provides a ordered, disciplined and harmonious environment for all creations to co-exist without harming each other in kARm of words, thoughts and actual  of physical actions.....

Natural or man-made calamities, disasters, diseases and other happenings in life which cause DuKH (pain and suffering) in all creations is normally the result of kaamnaa (wish and desire) of any kind that is not fulfilled....Fulfillment of kaamnaa results in suKH (joy and happiness) in all creations.....This is explained in Chapter 2 (s`lok 2.59 to 2.67) of bhgvD giitaa....And this operation principle of sukH and DuKH applies to all creations as after all each creation has an eternal aat`maa which keeps on traveling by taking on physical bodies to enjoy kARm-fl of all kARm performed in previous lives and/or to comply with the st`y-kaamnaa and st`y-sNkl`pnaa of creator bRH`m to be many and also His st`y-kaamnaa and st`y-sNkl`pnaa to be bhok`t (enjoyer) and bhuk`t (that which is enjoyed by the enjoyer)...

But the above is very difficult to understand in this present time era we live in and which in veD is called kli-yug.....In kli-yug the knowledge of veD is very minimal in all creations including human beings as stated in the beginning of Chapter 4 of bhgvD giitaa....And if one does not understand the sciences of one's creation and being then that ignorance will make living disastrous and full of DuKH....

However, humans in the western civilizations are trying to re-discover science knowledge of veD in their own way for the last 500 years.....Current science is trying to really understand the earthquake phenomenon but to date more questions come up with the increasing understanding and the proof of ignorance is of veD experienced ... PVAF invites YOU to share your thoughts on the science of earthquake from both veD and current science perspectives as briefly explained above...To share your thoughts on this PVAF web site please click on the POST A COMMENT button in the header of this news item and write away......

And while you are doing that, please keep on reading the explanation of the India-Burma tsunami which is causing massive DuKH among the humanity it has taken out its energy on from Canadian Globe and Mail article....



A split-second release after millions of years...
'All the planet is vibrating,' Italian scientist says
after massive quake unleashes fury...

With reports from AP and Reuters
Canadian Globe and Mail: Monday, December 27, 2004 - Page A3


If you imagine a tsunami to be merely a scaled-up version of the waves that extreme surfers ride at spots like Hawaii's Banzai Pipeline or the infamous Maverick's in California, think again. A tsunami can cross the ocean faster than a jet aircraft, and hit land with a force that makes an atomic bomb look like a firecracker.

"The amount of energy is hard for most people to even imagine," said Will Bawden, a professor in the University of Toronto's Geology Department. "It is simply massive."

As scientists have learned, tsunamis such the one that killed thousands in Asia are the result of geological forces that slowly gather in the Earth's crust over millions of years, only to be released in a split second -- with deadly effect.

Yesterday's disaster began when huge plates suddenly shifted under the sea floor off Sumatra, creating a situation that could be compared to a massive wave pond. David Booth, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey, described the effect of the cataclysm as "an enormous paddle at the bottom of the sea."

He said the forces involved were almost incalculable. "A big column of water has moved -- we're talking about billions of tonnes. This is an enormous disturbance."

Tsunamis obey an inexorable set of physical laws.

When the ocean floor is moved by an earthquake or volcanic eruption, it generates a massive energy spike that pushes water upward.

The resulting swell, which can be hundreds of kilometres across, has little in common with normal ocean waves, which are generated by wind and tides.

The near-instantaneous movement creates a body of water that can travel at speeds approaching 1,000 kilometres an hour.

A tsunami is usually just one or two metres high in the open sea, but it undergoes a startling transformation as it approaches shore.

Since the water's volume remains the same as it meets shallower water, it is pushed upward -- creating a looming wall of water that can be taller than an eight-storey building.

The tsunami's physics are far different from the normal beach waves vacationers see. Instead of a series of rollers that crash onto the shore, tsunami waves are far apart -- a characteristic known as long wavelength. Because they lose energy at a rate inversely related to wavelength, tsunamis can travel tremendous distances without losing power. In 1960, a tsunami generated by an earthquake in Chile travelled more than 17,000 kilometres across the Pacific and caused 200 deaths in Japan, half a world away.

A wave's power is determined largely by the force of the geological event that sets it in motion. The underwater earthquake that caused yesterday's tsunami was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey at a magnitude of 9.0, the biggest since 1964, when a 9.2-magnitude temblor struck Alaska.

Enzo Boschi, the head of Italy's National Geophysics Institute, said the power of the earthquake was equivalent to more than one million atomic bombs of the size dropped on Japan in the Second World War -- powerful enough to disturb the Earth's rotation.

"All the planet is vibrating," he told Italian state radio.

The forces released in an earthquake are the result of the kind of stored energy used in a medieval catapult, where heavy weights were slowly winched up onto a platform, then released, but on a much larger scale. In this case, the weights are tectonic plates, which are trapped against each other, then suddenly slip.

Prof. Bawden said many quakes are the result of movements that may amount to less than a metre, but because of the masses involved, the forces are tremendous.

Scientists said yesterday's quake was caused by strain built up over millions of years between the India and Burma plates beneath the ocean off the west coast of northern Sumatra. They estimate that the plates have moved against each other at a rate of about five centimetres a year, buckling and grinding with the release of colossal forces. Preliminary analysis suggested that yesterday's movement took place in a section of plate about 1,000 kilometres long, which pushed a huge amount of water at high speed. "Billions of tonnes are moving," Prof. Bawden said. "There's an incredible amount of energy."

The power of yesterday's tsunami was compounded by a lack of warning. Although many countries around the Pacific have a tsunami warning system, the Indian Ocean has always been considered a low- risk area, and most of the countries hit yesterday did not have warning mechanisms or tidal gauges.

Waverly Person of the USGS National Earthquake Information Center said that many of those who died would have survived had they been warned to get away from the coast. U.S.-based scientists tried to issue a warning yesterday morning, but there was no official alert system in the region.


References to tsunamis date back as far as ancient Greece and Rome. Among the more recent examples was a wave that shook the eastern Mediterranean on July 21, 365, killing thousands of people in Alexandria, Egypt. Other examples include:

  • July 17, 1998: An offshore quake triggered a wave that struck the north coast of Papua-New Guinea, killing about 2,000 people and leaving thousands homeless.
  • Aug. 16, 1976: A tsunami killed more than 5,000 in the Moro Gulf region of the Philippines.
  • March 28, 1964: A Good Friday earthquake sent a wave that swamped much of the Alaskan coast and destroyed three villages. The wave killed 107 in Alaska and more than a dozen more as it swept down the West Coast.
  • May 22, 1960: A wave reported as being up to 11 metres high killed 1,000 people in Chile and caused damage in Hawaii, where 61 died, and in the Philippines, Okinawa and Japan.
  • April 1, 1946: A quake in Alaska generated a tsunami that destroyed the North Cape Lighthouse, killing five. Hours later, the wave arrived at Hilo, Hawaii, killing 159 people and causing millions of dollars in damage.
  • Jan. 31, 1906: A devastating offshore quake submerged part of Tumaco, Colombia, and washed away every house on the coast between Rioverde, Ecuador, and Micay, Colombia. The death toll was estimated at 500 to 1,500.
  • Dec. 17, 1896: A tsunami washed away part of the embankment and main boulevard of Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • June 15, 1896: The Sanriku tsunami struck Japan without warning. A wave estimated at more than 23 metres high hit a crowd gathered to celebrate a religious festival, killing more than 26,000.
  • Aug. 27, 1883: The eruption of the volcano Krakatau generated a massive wave that swept over the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra, killing 36,000.
  • Nov. 1, 1775: The great Lisbon earthquake generated a wave up to six metres high that struck coastal Portugal, Spain and Morocco.

    Associated Press


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