February 11, 2005

2/11 - Tsunami Did Minimal Damage to Coral Reefs

There seems to be a growing consensus that the tsunami didn't do that much damage to coral reefs, which I don't find that surprising, given that lots of divers survived the passage of the wave. A brief report in Science says the damage was sporadic. Obviously in places where huge amounts of debris were swept from the land onto the reefs there were bad things. But just the passage of the wave itself was not like a hurricane that produces repeated massive waves that can flatten reefs.


Tsunami: deadly on land, but not so much on the coral reefs

Posted by Randy Olson at February 11, 2005 02:08 AM