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The Tsunami

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The Tsunami We have all recently become dramatically aware of the consequences of living on a dynamic earth. An earthquake that was initially estimated at 8.5 on the Richter Scale, but subsequently revised to 9.0 occurred on 26th December 2004. Many died in this tragic event. It is said to be 160,000 lives had been lost and thousands injured. When the sea floor is raised during an earthquake, water is raised with it, the sea surface is tipped, and water rushes away. An enormous mass of water is suddenly set in motion and complex slushing back and forth continues for many hours. The result is a train of water waves of a unique type. The velocity of a water waveform increases with its length, and in the deep ocean these uniquely long waves travel at 500mph. As the wave approaches land, its bottom is slowed down by contact with the shallowing sea floor but travelling fast enough to cause damage. ...read more.


However, many recent natural disasters may have been caused by human interference in the natural world, raising the question of whether that makes those events human-made. Why is the Earth subject to natural disasters at all? Did god not see the world he created and say that it was very good? (Genesis 1:31). It was only later after humans had turned their back on God, that the ground itself would cause pain and death. (Genesis 3:17-19). Many people including Church Leaders are agonising about how to respond to the Tsunami disaster in which over 160,000 died. Would they have agonised, I wonder, if the numbers were fewer - say just a few thousand? After such a tragic event, some Christians may find it difficult to believe in God as the Christian teachings read, "God is all loving" and "God is omnipotent" (ultimate power and influence). ...read more.


Christians may be unhappy with the way the Press handled the situation. Many people did not pay attention to the Press's coverage and were devastated by the destruction. On the other hand the orthodox Christians may have been offended by the questions raised. For example, "With this entire trauma that has taken place, what are your views in your belief in God now?" Christians would argue that the media have no right to question belief in God as it is a personal issue. On the good side, the media displayed good coverage of the incident and kept everyone informed on how much damage was caused. Overall, despite all the suffering and destruction the tsunami was actually a good thing. It has woken up the world and told them to watch out. It has highlighted to other governments that they should not do something for money if they know it is dangerous and harmful to their citizens. Riaz Rampuri 11c2 ...read more.

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