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Tide Gauges: Tsunami's Ripples, Unnoticed, Washed Along Atlantic Coast

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Tide Gauges: Tsunami's Ripples, Unnoticed, Washed Along Atlantic Coast

January 7, 2005

The tsunami that ravaged countries all around the Indian
Ocean also hit the eastern United States, though only the
tide gauges noticed.

A tide gauge at Atlantic City recorded the passage of a
"train" of waves, just under nine inches from crest to
trough, 32 hours after the earthquake struck off Sumatra's
west coast on Dec. 26, said Dr. Alexander B. Rabinovich of
the Canadian Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British
Columbia. A gauge at Port Canaveral, Fla., recorded
13.4-inch waves 24 minutes later.

Dr. Rabinovich has been spearheading an international
effort to chart the course of the fading ripples from the
devastating tsunami set off by the earthquake.

The tsunami was so powerful that it swept around the world
over the next 36 hours, with its last residual waves
perceptibly jostling tide gauges from Russia's remote
northeastern Pacific waters to the North Atlantic,
scientists said yesterday.

The tsunami ripples would have been imperceptible to
Floridians, mingled among the other sloshing of waters
there, but were clearly discernible in the data, Dr.
Rabinovich said. Other Atlantic gauges detected the waves
in Bermuda and the Virgin Islands, he said.

The evidence of the tsunami's passage in the Atlantic is
particularly significant, seismologists and oceanographers
said, because data on how quake-generated waves move there
are scant compared with information available for the

The newly discovered records of the Atlantic waves from the
Sumatran earthquake should help improve computer
simulations of tsunami behavior in the Atlantic, said Dr.
Vasily V. Titov, a tsunami expert who works for the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle.
Such simulations can help scientists predict where tsunamis
generated in the Atlantic might strike, he said.

The signal of the tsunami's quiet journey once it left the
Indian Ocean was detected almost immediately in the Pacific
Ocean, where 90 percent of tsunamis occur and tide gauges
are specifically designed to catch trains of waves
generated by underwater earthquakes, scientists said.


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And fills the hungry soul with goodness" (Psalm 107:9).

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