A swarm of 31 earthquakes in the Andaman sea has caused the Thai National Disaster Warning Center to put the Andaman Islands on earthquake alert. The center is concerned that the earthquake swarm could indicate an impending underwater volcanic eruption of the kind that led to the tsunami that swept the area in December, 2004.

People living along the coast and fishermen are potentially in danger and are being warned to be on the lookout for the following signs of an underwater quake: changes in the ocean surface, including color and number of bubbles, and a smell of sulfur.

Let’s pray that the catastrophe of Christmas 2004 does not occur again.

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The absence of snow on the top of picturesque Mount Fuji inJapan was earlier attributed to global warming, but nowseismologists think it may be because the volcano is heatingup and may be getting ready toerupt.

The famous snow-capped mountain currently has no snow ontop, despite record snowfalls in the region. Seismologiststhink it could erupt at any moment. Mount Fuji erupts aboutonce every 300 years and it’s been about that long since itslast eruption.

Fuji is only 60 miles from Tokyo and when it last erupted,in 1707, tons of ash rained down on the city. Tokyo was amuch smaller city in those days, but now it containsmillions of people who might have to be evacuated if Fujierupts again.
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In November, Whitley Strieber sent out an appeal on behalf of a Mercy Corps project to distribute urgently needed blankets in Pakistan after the recent earthquake there has left so many people homeless. Thanks to you, it succeeded beyond our wildest dreams!
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Over the past two days, major earthqakes have struck inChina and Iran. The Chinese quake, which measured 5.5 on the Richter Scale, struck at 8:49 Saturday morning along theHubei-Jiangxi provincial border, a short distance from thecity of Jiujiang. It killed at least 17 people and leftthousands homeless. This morning, at least ten people were killed and many more injured when a quake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale struck southern Iran. The quake was centered 35 miles south of Bandar Abbas, and took place at 1:52 PM local time.
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