February 26, 2005

2/25 - Coral Graveyard in Indonesia: a STUNNING photo

Just two weeks ago, Craig Shuman of Heal the Bay joined Reef Check on a Surf Aid trip to examine the damage to coral reefs in parts of Indonesia that were the closest to the massive earthquake (estimated to have been a 9.0). The trip was co-sponsored by Quiksilver and you can read about it on their website. His photo below is from Simeuleu Island where the reef was lifted up as much as 2 meters and left high and dry, killing all the corals. The map shows how close it was to the epicenter. For more details, you can contact Craig at: cshuman@HealTheBay.org

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The Coral Graveyard: the high tide mark is now below these corals.


Simeulue Island (just below the red dot): Can't get much closer to the epicenter.

Posted by Randy Olson at February 26, 2005 12:40 AM

Impressive. Wonder how widely this sort of thing happened, just here or at lots of islands?

Posted by: Jerome Benning at February 28, 2005 02:32 AM