View Full Version : Coral reefs heal after 2004's deadly tsunami

12-26-2008, 20:42
Some good news for the reefs.

BANGKOK, Thailand - Scientists thought it would take a decade for Southeast Asia's coral reefs to heal after 2004's deadly tsunami but they said Friday that Indonesia's reefs have bounced back with surprising speed, restoring livelihoods to countless small communities. The findings came as communities across the Indian Ocean remembered the disaster that struck Dec. 26, 2004 with prayers, songs and tears. About 230,000 people were killed in a dozen countries when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered the tsunami.
Surveys of coral reefs after the tsunami showed that up to one-third were damaged and experts predicted it would take a decade for them to fully recover.

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12-27-2008, 22:48
It's encouraging to learn the reefs and the people are recovering from such a tragic event. Thanks for the post.

12-27-2008, 23:30
never underestimate nature's ability to heal itself. good read.

01-01-2009, 19:31
I was diving Phi Phi Islands two days before the wave. I have dived there 3 times since. Looking at my before and after shots, I could see no sign of damage (below the water) at all. Above the water was a tragic situation however.