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Tsunami - Earthquake - Effects on Mauritius

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Tsunami - Earthquake - Effects on Mauritius

Beitragvon axel » Mi Dez 29, 2004 13:03

Killer waves smash east coast of Africa

NAIROBI - High waves sparked by a massive earthquake on the other side of the Indian Ocean hit the east coast of Africa on Sunday, drowning a number of people, officials and witnesses said.


The huge waves swept 7000 kilometres from the Indonesian island of Sumatra before crashing onto the shores of Kenya and Somalia, affecting the islands of Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles on the way.

Thousands of holidaymakers and fishermen were urged to flee beaches before the waves hit, but for some it was too late.

In the Seychelles archipelago, nine people were reported missing and a key bridge linking the country's main airport and the capital Victoria destroyed.

"I am asking people to remain calm and help those in need," Seychelles President James Michel said in a televised speech.

Michel also formed a national disaster plan committee to co-ordinate efforts to evacuate people from the coastal region.

In Mauritius, "the biggest waves struck the north and east of the island at around 1pm (11am South African time)," a meteorological spokesman told AFP, adding that no casualties had been reported there or on the smaller nearby island of Rodrigues to the east.

Mauritian authorities urged holidaymakers and picnickers to clear beaches and avoid putting to sea, noting that vessels had been damaged along most countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

Police said the beach of Cap Malheureux, a coastal village on the north of Mauritius, was submerged for almost three hours.

Weather services observed a sudden rise in the tide at Port Mathurin, the main town on Rodrigues, where several stowed boats were damaged. Sea levels returned to normal by the end of the afternoon.


Waves also caused damage to ports in Reunion, a French territory, where 15 small fishing boats were damaged or flipped over in the ports of Sainte Marie and Saint-Gilles, officials said.

Thousands on the island, where meteorologists said water levels rose by one or two metres, ignored warnings and rushed to the coast to observe the wave phenomenon.

Kenyan Environment Minister Kalonzo Musyoka said: "We have asked people to evacuate from the beaches along the coastal region. We have also put our navy on top alert."

Officials in the port city of Mombasa forcefully evacuated more than 10000 holidaymakers who were celebrating Christmas on public beaches there, but a 20-year-old Kenyan man drowned off the nearby coastal town of Malindi.

"He was hit by strong waves as he was swimming here," the local police said.

"Some boats were swept away," the police added, saying that government security personnel were patrolling the beach.

In Somalia, at least 16 people were feared dead, though accurate figures were hard to come by in the anarchic Horn of Africa country, officials and witnesses said.

Nine people were reported missing in the northeastern Kabaal region, and seven in the port of Elmaan, 35km north of Mogadishu, where several boats were destroyed.

The earthquake off Sumatra sparked tidal waves, known as tsunamis, that claimed thousands of lives in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand, as well as Indonesia.

Source: Daily Dispatch Online

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Effects of Tidal Wave in Rodrigues and Mauritius

Beitragvon MmeTortue » Mi Dez 29, 2004 16:22

six or seven higher waves hit Rodrigues (and not Mauritius) at 1pm on Sunday (one of our friends called straight away from Port Mathurin, the capital of Rodrigues). We contacted immediately the police and the coast guard in Blue Bay and were told the waves were expected to arrive in Mauritius between 5 and 5.30pm.

However we (in Mahebourg, SE of the island) didn't notice any particular tidal movements at the predicted time. On Monday morning we noticed that during the night the high tide had been about 1 - 1.5 meters higher than usual.

I suspect we have to thank the coral reef surrounding almost the entire island that we didn't get severe damage.

Our thoughts go out to all those poor people who lost loved one's and those who lost their homes.

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Re: Tsunami - Earthquake - Effects on Mauritius

Beitragvon Taylor_M » Fr Mär 11, 2011 13:16

(AP) The tsunamis that claimed thousands of lives across the Indian Ocean are the deadliest great waves in more than a century and probably in modern history.More than 36,000 people were killed by tsunamis following the explosion of the volcano Krakatau in the Sunda Strait near Java on Aug. 27, 1883. Many estimates of the number killed in that disaster were even higher.The toll from Sunday's tsunamis has now topped 100,000 deaths in 12 nations.
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Re: Tsunami - Earthquake - Effects on Mauritius

Beitragvon Bullwei » Fr Mär 11, 2011 13:59

Hatte ihr jemand Lust Panik zu machen [mad] nachdem gerade das Erdbeben bei Tokio mit Tsunami stattgefunden hat, was wirklich schrecklich genug ist. [black_eye]
Es wundert mich nur, wo ich morgen nach MRU fliege und heute in´s Forum schaue, das erste was ich seh´, TSUNAMI. [cry5]
Zum Glück ist das Erdbeben vor Thailand auch schon ein bißchen her. Ich war ein Jahr danach auf Phuket.
Dieses Erdbeben hat zum Glück in einem anderen Ozean stattgefunden und betrifft MRU nicht. :wink)
Also, MRU, wir sehen uns übermorgen. [bye]
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Re: Tsunami - Earthquake - Effects on Mauritius

Beitragvon mylene73 » Fr Mär 11, 2011 14:24

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Wegen der Distanz und den Inseln nördlich von Australien, wird die Welle unter den normalen Wellen wohl auf Mauritius kaum auszumachen sein.
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Re: Tsunami - Earthquake - Effects on Mauritius

Beitragvon ud » So Mär 13, 2011 10:05

It seems that the world is facing a vast number of calamities in the last 5 years. America's flooding, Pakistan's Earthquake, Indian Ocean Tsunami, Drought in Australia then followed by Flood, the ash cloud from the nordic volcano now this earthquake off the coast of Japan.

Is it not food for thought that things might be heading our way? I mean Rodrigues have just recently been having earthquakes for the last 3 years; we have Reunion island next to us with its own active volcano.

We can be OK because of the topology of our coastal areas and reefs but think about the Maldives; they are under sea level. I can't imagine what would have happened if we had a very active tectonic plate around the area.

Well maybe it is now not recommended to buy a bungalow "pied dan l'eau"!

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Re: Tsunami - Earthquake - Effects on Mauritius

Beitragvon MmeTortue » Mo Mär 14, 2011 18:46

Taylor_M's posting was his/her very first one at all, and quite frankly I hope it will have been the last. Not only didn't he/she get any figures right, I doubt he/she doesn't have a brain at all...
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