Loren Coleman tells us about the biggest cryptozoology stories of 2004, including the phenomenal discovery of tiny human skeletons in Indonesia and the intriguing possibility that they may yet survive as the Orang Pedek. Then Whitley fills us in on the latest lab reports about the Elmendorf Beast.

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India’s only active volcano, known as Barren-1, which islocated in the Andaman Islands chain about 80 milesnortheast of the capital, Port Blair, has begun erupting inthe aftermath of last Sunday’s mega-quake.

Lava is flowing down the sides of the volcano, and lava andsteam are being emitted from the crater. While the volcanois not a threat to populated areas, its sudden eruptionfollowing the earthquake is another sign of just how profoundlythe massive quake affected the region geologically.

Sumatra, as close to the quake’s epicenter as Barren-1, has35 active volcanoes, and the question of whether or not theywill be affected by the earth movement is at present unanswered.

Hello Dear friends,

I am finally calming down after this extremely shocking global catastrophe. Please forward this on to anyone who is not on this list, internet is difficult here and I apologize to anyone who is not this list. You have to imagine what the Adaman sea is like: calm beautiful, blue and virtually waveless, in fact almost silent, more like a lake than a sea. The day before we did a four island snorkle trip and it was gorgeous. Our group of friends and family had a blast. Sunny, Leslie, Julia, Suzette, Colleen, and the teenagers, Sashwa, Jasmine, Raliegh, and Dylan.

A survivor of the tsunami has written a riveting andinspiring firsthand account of the tragedy that we areposting as an “Insight” article on Unknowncountry. “I lookedout and sawthe ocean suck out and this wave started to form a couple ofhundredfeet out and it just got bigger and bigger. My heart stoppedand I stoodthere saying Oh My God!

The locals who had all been stunned and confused, as theyhad never seenanything like this, looked horrified and so did we. We allstartedscreaming run! run!” To read more,click here.

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