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Thursday, January 6, 2005

Tsunami Linkage

•• "Video Bloggers" gather and organize the tsunami videos for the web. The Wall Street Journal reported:

Even before the tsunami, media watchers had predicted that 2005 would be a big year for video blogging, also known as vlogging. Jay Rosen, chair of the Department of Journalism at New York University and a media blogger himself, says the unique videos of the waves hitting shore could be a "breakthrough" event for the Web.

Video Blogs Break Out With Tsunami Scenes [Wall Street Journal-online, Jan. 3, 2005]
Tsunami Video Hosting Initiative [mediabloggers.org]
Photos and Videos from the aftermath of the Asia Tsunami [waveofdestruction.org]
Tsunami Video [Cheese and Crackers]
Full Tsunami Video Footage, Pictures, Clips And TV News Stories [masternewmedia.org]

•• Crooks are looking to take advantage of tsunami disaster relief, The New York Times reports:
The F.B.I. issued a warning on Wednesday about online frauds that try to capitalize on the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.

The schemes, which have been reported to the bureau's Internet Crime Complaint Center over the past week, have included unsolicited e-mail messages seeking money and a phony tsunami relief Web site capable of depositing a virus on the computers of people who visit it.

In other instances, families who have posted messages and e-mail addresses on the Web as part of their search for missing relatives have been contacted by rogue brokers offering to help them - for a fee.

F.B.I. Warns of Internet Frauds That Capitalize on Tsunami [NY Times]
Online scams emerge in tsunami's wake [Reuters]

•• Australia's national agency for earth-science research, Geoscience Australia, says there was a 1833 tsunami in the Indian Ocean perhaps bigger that the Dec. 26th one. The NY Times reports:
...in an article in an Australian government publication last September (by Dr. Phil Cummins), scientists used a computer simulation to demonstrate that an underwater quake in 1833, originating just a few hundred miles south of the 2004 epicenter, spawned a ferocious tsunami that swept the Indian Ocean and pulverized some of the same coastlines.

The 1833 quake may have registered as high as 9.2 in magnitude, compared with 9.0 this time.

Asian Tsunami Is a Repeat Performance [NY Times, Jan. 4, 2005]
Small threat, but WARNING SOUNDED for Tsunami [Geoscience Australia, Sept. 2004]
Enormous earthquake in Indonesia causes tsunamis [Geoscience Australia]

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