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  • Some pregnant women who survived the tsunamis named their newborns 'tsunami'.
  • The term 'tsunami' comes from the Japanese language meaning harbour ('tsu') and wave ('nami').
  • The earthquake and tsunamis have altered the landscape of the coast, rendering some maps inaccurate.
  • In southern Thailand, residents are staying away from the beaches, fearing that they are being haunted by the ghosts of tsunami victims.
  • The earthquake jolted the Earth's rotation enough to trim a couple of microseconds off the clock.
  • The earthquake, registering 9.0 on the Richter scale, was the fourth strongest earthquake recorded in the world since 1900.
  • The term 'Tidal waves', which is conventionally accepted to be synonymous to 'Tsunami', is considered misleading by oceanographers as Tsunamis are not caused by winds.
  • Tsunami waves can attain speeds of up to 1000km/h in the open seas.
  • The speed of a tsunami wave can be calculated by obtaining the squareroot of the product of the acceleration due to gravity and the depth of the ocean. (Rough estimation, assuming depth is shallow, as the wavelength may span hundreds of kilometres)
  • The furthest recorded death due to the tsunami occured at Port Elizabeth in South Africa, 8000km away from the epicentre.
  • The total energy released by the earthquake in the Indian Ocean has been estimated at 2.0กม(10^18)J, almost 13000 times the energy released by atomic bombs fat man and little boy, used during WW2.
  • Thai authorities have decided every corpse must be DNA tested to avoid mistakenly returning a body to the wrong family. 4 month old Sri Lankan baby has been reunited with his parents, after DNA tests proved their relationship. 8 other couples had contested their parenthood.
  • The Indian Ocean tsunami caused waves as high as 15 metres in some places, according to news reports.
  • The largest donation by a government of a country is US$950 million by USA, while the largest corporate donation is US$35 million by Pfizer.
  • Asian nations have failed to overcome their differences on which country should host Tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean.
  • A tsunami wave may be only 30cm on the surface of the open ocean, and can go unnoticed by sailors. The tsunami wave only rises dramatically as it approaches the coast, with shallow waters.
  • The current certified death toll stands at 226,566.
  • An approaching tsunami is usually preceded by a noticeable fall in the water level near the coast.
  • Many people reported that they saw animals fleeing for high ground minutes before the tsunami arrived. Very few animal bodies were found afterwards.

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