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Press Release 06-038
Study of 2004 Tsunami Forces Rethinking of Giant Earthquake Theory

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The flat top of the coral marks lowest tide levels before the giant earthquake.

The flat top of the coral marks lowest tide levels before the giant Sumatra-Andaman earthquake. The water level marks lowest low tide level after the earthquake.

Credit: J. Galetzka


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The Sumatra-Andaman earthquake left wide tracts of fringing coral reef exposed above waterline

The Sumatra-Andaman earthquake left wide tracts of fringing coral reef exposed above waterline.

Credit: K. Sieh, Caltech


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Survivors of the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake atop a coral microatoll.

Survivors of the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake stand atop a coral microatoll.

Credit: K. Sieh, Caltech


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