Effects of Earthquake and Tsunami in East Africa

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Dec 26th, 2004, 01:31 PM
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Effects of Earthquake and Tsunami in East Africa

So far, the impact to east Africa was mostly psychological, with residents and tourists anxious to see what impact the wave would have here. In countries stretching from the Horn of Africa, down to Tanzania and out into the Indian Ocean, only lowland flooding and irregularly fast tidal changes had been reported.

Beaches at tourist resorts around Mombasa, where hundreds of foreign visitors are staying, were closed because of the extreme tidal movements set off by the earthquake. "We have had four high tides and four low tides in the last six hours," a spokesperson for the Turtle Bay resort in Malindi said, adding the resort would remain shut until the water calmed.

Kenyan authorities said they did not expect things to worsen. "We are monitoring the situation very closely, but we don't expect it reach this far," Mombasa provincial police office Alex Rono said. The British government warned its citizens in Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania to be alert for potential danger from the tsunami. In Somalia, strong waves and winds capsized boats and kept fishermen in port.

"I do not know what to expect from the ocean," said a Somali fisherman in the coastal town of Adale, 56km north of Mogadishu. A report that three were drowned by surging waters in fishing village of Garacad, in the northern coastal state of Puntland, could not be independently confirmed.

In the Seychelles, low-lying coastal roads were flooded by a 2m surge and power was knocked out to hundreds of homes. At the airport, fire brigades were forced to wash dozens of fish off of the runway each time disrupted tides sent water rising over the airfield. Residents and tourists were warned to be ready to move to higher ground if need be.

Mauritius seemed largely untouched by the post-quake surge, although minor flooding struck one of the outlying islands in the archipelago, Rodrigues. In the Comoros Islands, residents had seen no ill effects. - Reuters
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Thanks, z. I haven't tuned into the news and didn't realize the effects were that far reaching.
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Dec 27th, 2004, 03:37 AM
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Tidal wave kills two in Malindi as quake effects hit Kenyan coastline
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