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as having much to do with travel. But the world is full of fact, figures, words and strange exotic life. I personally do not know everything about anything, and the guidebooks at best only give a glossy picture. Recently with the Earthquake in Indonesia my curiosity peaks to explain the whys and why nots of the situation. Therefore I can go to the number one USEFUL internet site for the long term traveler looking to learn about this small planet.



"Tsunami, Japanese word, meaning “harbor wave” and used as the scientific term for seismic sea wave generated by an undersea earthquake or possibly an undersea landslide or volcanic eruption. When the ocean floor is tilted or offset during an earthquake, a set of waves is created similar to the concentric waves generated by an object dropped into the water. Most tsunamis originate along the Ring of Fire, a zone of volcanoes and seismic activity, 32,500 km (24,000 mi) long, that encircles the Pacific Ocean. Since 1819, about 40 tsunamis have struck the Hawaiian Islands."



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READER COMMENTS

Hi Andy,I was glad to see your post about the earthquake and to see that you are OK. Please continue to update your web site with news of the disaster and how people are coping with the devastation. I think your wed site is one of the few places I can find a personal account of news taking place.

Martha



Thanks Martha,



The situation in Bangkok is mostly about watching either BBC or CNN and talking, nobody has returned yet from Phuket with first hand knowledge. I am considering going to Ranong to the island of Koh Chang close to Burma to see how they are?



They are farther away, but a big fishing port, I have to renew my visa by the 10 of January by leaving Thailand, so I could kill two birds with one stone.



Penang in Malaysia and Bali are also tempting. I will check with

http://www.airasia.com/index.htm



Penang is close and Malaysia does not charge for entering country.