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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Odd Rumor about the Tsunami

The tsunami in the Indian ocean was reportedly caused by a massive earthquake.

There is no seismological data that could distinguish between the megathrust and a 350 megaton nuclear explosion detonated in the deep sea. Since countries regularly test nuclear materials in the deep ocean, the equipment necessary to do so would be readily available to any of the more mature nuclear powers.

In other words, the report that it was an earthquake was entirely based on the assumption that the tsunami was not man-made.

(REVISION: Only a 30 megaton bomb would have been necessary to trigger the earthquake. Also, counterpunch did a story on this.)

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