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This may prove to be extremely interesting .... What to folks make of this?
Is it possible?
Mitchel


Earthquake: Coincidence or a Corporate Oil Tragedy?
<http://www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/123104Limburg/123104limburg.html>

By: Andrew Limburg
Independent Media TV

Now I don't claim to be an expert on seismic activity, but there has
been a series of events which led up to the 9.0 earthquake of the
coast of Indonesia which can not be ignored. This all could be an
enormous coincidence, but one must look at the information and choose
for themselves whether there is anything to it.

On November 28th, one month ago, Reuters reported that during a 3 day
span 169 whales and dolphins beached themselves in Tasmania, an
island of the southern coast of mainland Australia and in New
Zealand. The cause for these beachings is not known, but Bob Brown, a
senator in the Australian parliament, said "sound bombing" or seismic
tests of ocean floors to test for oil and gas had been carried out
near the sites of the Tasmanian beachings recently.

According to Jim Cummings of the Acoustic Ecology Institute, Seismic
surveys utilizing airguns have been taking place in mineral-rich
areas of the world's oceans since 1968. Among the areas that have
experienced the most intense survey activity are the North Sea, the
Beaufort Sea (off Alaska's North Slope), and the Gulf of Mexico;
areas around Australia and South America are also current hot-spots
of activity.

The impulses created by the release of air from arrays of up to 24
airguns create low frequency sound waves powerful enough to penetrate
up to 40km below the seafloor. The "source level" of these sound
waves is generally over 200dB (and often 230dB or more), roughly
comparable to a sound of at least 140-170dB in air.

According to the Australian Conservation Foundation, these 200dB -
230dB shots from the airguns are fired every few seconds, from 10
meters below the surface, 24 hours a day, weather permitting.

These types of tests are known to affect whales and dolphins, whose
acute hearing and use of sonar is very sensitive.

On December 24th there was a magnitude 8.1 earthquake more than 500
miles southeast of Tasmania near New Zealand, with a subsequent
aftershock 6.1 a little later in the morning that same day.

On December 26th, the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck at the
intersection of the Australian tectonic plate and the India tectonic
plate. This is the devastating tragedy that we have all heard about.
The death toll of this horrific event has reached 52,000 souls and
continues to rise.

On December 27th, 20 whales beached themselves 110 miles west of
Hobart on the southern island state of Tasmania.

What is interesting about this is that the same place where the whale
beachings have been taking place over the last 30 days is the same
general area where the 8.1 Australian earthquake took place, and this
is the same area where they are doing these seismic tests. Then 2
days after the Australian tectonic plate shifted, the 9.0 earthquake
shook the coast of Indonesia.

A great deal of interest and seismic testing has been taking place in
this area, as the government of Australia has given great tax breaks
to encourage the oil exploration.

Many animals saved by the abilitys to  pick up other signals  than us.
We will be following up on this story as more information is gathered.



Additional Information:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=570&ncid=753&
e=5&u=/nm/20041224/sc_nm/quake_australia_antarctica_dc

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=570&ncid=753&
e=2&u=/nm/20041227/sc_nm/quake_environment_dc

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=570&ncid=753&
e=1&u=/nm/20041228/sc_nm/environment_australia_whales_dc

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=516&ncid=716&
e=1&u=/ap/20041228/ap_on_re_as/quake_tidal_waves

http://www.independent-media.tv/item.cfm?fmedia_id=9943&fcategor
y_desc=Environment

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/usslav.htm

http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_slav_fig72hi-res.jpg

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/ussjal.htm