Saturday, June 26, 2010

2004 December Tsunami

One of the things that I am going to do is to follow up on some of my legacy projects from my 2004 Boxer Tsunami work.  Basically, there are several names for the biggest tsunami disaster in human history.  Some call it the Boxer Tsunami, others call it the Andaman Ocean Tsunami.  The name isn't important, but the event is important.  For background, go see the video from the National Geographic people.

South East Asia is a region that attracts tourism.  On the other hand, it has been an area subjected to both man made and natural disasters.

The 2004 Andaman Ocean Tsunami, or Boxer Day Tsunami is one of those natural disasters that people will be studying for decades.  It was such a major event that scientists today are still evaluating what actually happened.  I have also heard that the elephants knew that they needed to move uphill.

One should not assume you know everything.  Elephants knew.  The people were not so smart.  They walked out towards the wave as the waters receded.  

I will be here after the Fulbright Hayes GPA trip.  I will be standing exactly where that man got whipped out.  Ironically, there is a subtext to this video.  I know where it was filmed.  I also know that the man sold the video, and many didn't like the idea.  Let's just say that local justice was more swift than the gods.