Siete han sido los tsunamis desde que en 2004 se registrara una de las peores catastrofes naturales, provocando la muerte de 220.000 personas en Asia. I am completely distraught over what has happened in regard to the deadly tsunami that has forever changed the lives of everyone that lives along the coastal waters that were brutally plumetted by the brutal and deadly force of this earthquakes after effect. I want to say I really appreciate the subtitle of this blog in relation to the Tsunami situation. If anyone has adoption information specifically related to children orphaned by the tsunami, please post it here. Meanwhile, while I do hope I might be able to adopt an orphaned child because of that Tsunami disaster -- my personal, mental, moral, & spiritual purpose would be not only to save that child from the disaster, but to save Its soul from the kind of "thinking" generated & and ways of life that the majority of adults in that part of the world have been practicing. Firstly, I can't help feeling that all those people wishing to adopt surviving children from the tsunami disaster that just some of them wish to do so for somewhat selfish reasons.
I personally would be happy to open my heart and my home to any orphaned child from the tsunami tragedy. My husband an I are interested in taking in a child from the Tsunami tragedy(preferably a little girl)to which they have lost both parents and have no one to take care of them. The earthquake triggered massive tsunamis (soo-NAH-mee) that affected several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia.
Relief agencies struggled to rush aid to more than 3 million people in Asia and Africa after Sunday's disastrous earthquake and tsunami waves. By 30 December 2004 the death toll from the Asian tsunami disaster had risen to over 100,000 people, and by 05 January 2005 the number approached 150,000. The west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the closest inhabited area to the epicentre of the earthquake, was devastated by the tsunami. More people have died in Sri Lanka as a result of the tsunami than anywhere else, apart from Indonesia.
Tsunamis, also called seismic sea wave or incorrectly tidal waves, are caused generally by earthquakes, less commonly by submarine landslides, infrequently by submarine volcanic eruptions and very rarely by large meteorite impacts in the ocean. Where the ocean is over 6,000 m deep, unnoticed tsunami waves can travel at the speed of a commercial jet plane, over 800 km per hour (~500 mi per hour).
A skull displaced from its coffin that was unearthed by the tsunami last weekend lies on the roadside in Sinnamunhattuvaram on Sri Lanka's east coast January 3, 2005.

As the tsunami wave travels from the deep-water, continental slope region to the near-shore region, tsunami runup occurs. Peru, 2001 : A tsunami washed over the low-lying coastal resort region near Camana, southern Peru, following a strong earthquake on June 23, 2001.
Alaska, 1964 : More than 90% of the deaths in Alaska during the 1964 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis were due to the tsunamis. Hokkaido, 1993 : The Hokkaido-Nansei-Oki earthquake on July 12 produced one of the largest tsunamis in Japan's history. Hokkaido, 1993 : Tsunami vertical runup measurements varied between 15 and 30 m over a 20-km portion of the southern part of Okushiri Island, with several 10-m values on the northern portion of the island. However the second large event near Southeast Asia was a vertical lift, or "thrust fault," earthquake, which displaced a significant amount of ocean water, triggering tsunamis east and west from the fault line.
The tsunami crossed into the Pacific Ocean and was recorded along the west coast of South and North America.
Heavy rains after the tsunami in Aceh, northern Sumatra, have increased the risk of cholera and other waterborne diseases.
The shallowness of the water limited the tsunami's destructive power, but flooding was extensive.
One WFP employee found 200 households where at least one person, who had been out fishing when the tsunami struck, was missing. To generate a tsunami, the fault where the earthquake occurs must be underneath or near the ocean, and cause vertical movement of the seafloor (up to several meters) over a large area (up to a hundred thousand square kilometers). At 2217 local time (1317 UTC), the Ms-7.8 quake rocked the west coast of Hokkaido and the small, offshore island of Okushiri in the Sea of Japan, generating a major tsunami. Tsunamis also occurred on the coasts of Cocos Island, Kenya, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles. The amount of vertical and horizontal motion of the sea floor, the area over which it occurs, the simultaneous occurrence of slumping of underwater sediments due to the shaking, and the efficiency with which energy is transferred from the earth's crust to the ocean water are all part of the tsunami generation mechanism.
Contrary to many artistic images of tsunamis, most tsunamis do not result in giant breaking waves (like normal surf waves at the beach that curl over as they approach shore). After the initial quake, coastal residents witnessed a sudden drawdown of the ocean and knew a tsunami was imminent.

Given the sudden onset of the tsunami and its high energy, it is amazing that more people were not killed. Scientists can predict when a tsunami will arrive at various places by knowing the source characteristics of the earthquake that generated the tsunami and the characteristics of the seafloor along the paths to those places. Tsunamis travel much slower in shallower coastal waters where their wave heights begin to increase dramatically.
Here damage extended further from the coast because lagoon waters helped to transmit tsunami energy as far as 1.3 km from the coast, snapping off mature mangroves one to two meters above the water level.
Large rocks weighing several tons, along with boats and other debris, can be moved inland hundreds of meters by tsunami wave activity, and homes and buildings destroyed. Thousands of buildings were destroyed, and the combined earthquake and tsunami killed as many as 139 people. In places, plants were bent over and buried by the sand or removed entirely by the tsunami. The 1964 earthquake caused 115 deaths in Alaska alone, with 106 of these due to tsunamis which were generated by tectonic uplift of the sea floor, and by localized subareal and submarine landslides. The small number of tsunamis that do break often form vertical walls of turbulent water called bores.
In addition, a tsunami can generate a particular type of wave called edge waves that travel back-and forth, parallel to shore. Many of the tsunami-related deaths were workers in the onion fields in the coastal plain that were unwilling to leave their jobs before the end of the shift.
These effects result in many arrivals of the tsunami at a particular point on the coast rather than a single wave. A number of lives were spared because the tsunami occurred during the resort off-season, during the daylight when people could see the ocean drawdown, and during one of the lowest tides of the year.
Because of the complicated behavior of tsunami waves near the coast, the first runup of a tsunami is often not the largest, emphasizing the importance of not returning to a beach several hours after a tsunami hits.

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