More Tsunami Satellite Photos

This is a followup to my initial post “Tsunamis and the news” and its followup with satellite images “Tsunami Disaster Satellite Photos“.

My webpage with many satellite photos can be found here.

NASA has posted another set of Satellite Photos to add on to their Initial Set.

Here are a few of the more striking images:

Lhoknga, Indonesia

Phuket, Thiland

Breaking tsunami waves at Vishakapatnam.

A larger, higher resolution version

An animated gif of the breaking tsunami waves off India at Coromandel.

Check out NASA’s sites for the original pictures in their original context with explanation here, here (images from the ISS), here, here, and here.

I would also like to point out this statement that I had heard before, but this is the first seeing it published:

The “mean North pole” was shifted by about 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) in the direction of 145º East Longitude. This shift east is continuing a long-term seismic trend identified in previous studies.

That is pretty amazing. (Although shouldn’t be exaggerated as it is part of the trend, just “sped up” the trend I guess you could say.)

They also found the earthquake decreased the length of day by 2.68 microseconds. Physically this is like a spinning skater drawing arms closer to the body resulting in a faster spin. The quake also affected the Earth’s shape. They found Earth’s oblateness (flattening on the top and bulging at the equator) decreased by a small amount. It decreased about one part in 10 billion, continuing the trend of earthquakes making Earth less oblate.

Again, another startling bit of information. I am not startled by this because I am worried that bad things are now going to happen because of the shift, but startled because of the enormity of the quake and the devastation nature holds. God is the only stable one, the unchangeable one, our hope is in Him.


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