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January 12, 2005

Fifteen days at sea...

News today of a survivor who spent fifteen days floating on the sea after the Tsunami washed him off his Indonesian island... Mind-boggling! Geologists are recalibrating the Andaman Islands to measure the impact of the earthquake. Satellite images of Trinkat island show that it is now two islands - the water having cut it in half. The earth's rotation has been affected, slightly changing the earth's shape and shifting the North Pole by 2.5cm. By every measure this has been an event of cosmic proportions.

But it still causes me to ask whether we can really call it a 'natural disaster'? We have spent decades drilling through the earth's crust in search of oil, which we have extracted from below, and replaced with something different (alien?). Explosions, both tests and exploration, continue to rock the sea bed in different places. The air is polluted, the flow of rivers disrupted and polluted, the ecological balance constantly shifted... We are playing with dynamite and every now and then it comes back to bite us. While we naturally ask where God was in it all, we ought to pause and ask what humanity has done that has sparked it all.

BTW, one impact is that every day is shorter by 2.68 microseconds. Does the time seem to be passing more quickly????

Posted by gary at January 12, 2005 04:28 PM

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