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Fishermen pull a boat from the sea in preparation for a possible tsunami in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico, Friday March 11, 2011. By orders of the local port authority, fishermen began pulling their boats out of the sea as the Pacific seaboard readied for a possible tsunami raised by Japan's magnitude-8.9 earthquake. (AP Photo/Christiann Davis)
A group of people gets splashed by a wave on the beach in Honolulu on Friday, March 11, 2011. Shortly before, the water had receded about 15-20 yards out, exposing the reef before rushing back in. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismoloy Director Renato Solidum points to the map discussing the impact of a tsunami during a briefing Friday, March 11, 2011 in suburban Quezon City north of Manila, Philippines. Government officials ordered the evacuation of coastal communities along the country's eastern seaboard in expectation of a tsunami following a 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
An excellent primer to the cataclysmic events off the coast of Indonesia is Simon Winchester's 2003 history, "Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883." That day the volcanic island of Krakatoa simply vaporized in an explosion heard thousands of miles away.
North East Valley native Kristi Anderson, a businesswoman who made friends all over the globe from her world travels, died in the tsunami that slammed Sri Lanka and several other countries Sunday in Asia.
MEULABOH, Indonesia - In town after town, the scene was the same from the helicopter taking one of the first glimpses of Sumatra's ravaged coast: whole villages ripped apart, covered in mud and sea water. The only signs of life were a handful of desperate people scavenging a beach for food.
February 14, 2005
Dr. Eric Udell is planning to provide the first medical help many tsunami victims will receive when he leaves Sunday for Sri Lanka.
This undated family photo shows, Kristi Anderson, left, with her brother Bruce Kristi Anderson, 42, formerly of San Ramon, Calif., was killed by a tsunami on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, Sunday.
HONOLULU — Scientists acknowledge they overstated the threat of a Pacific tsunami after Saturday's Chile earthquake, but many defended their actions, saying they took the proper steps and learned the lessons of the 2004 Indonesian wave that killed thousands of people who didn't get enough warning.
LOS ANGELES -- Federal experts have now issued a tsunami advisory for possible dangerous currents in coastal areas of California and Oregon following a magnitude-8 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean near Samoa.
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga - A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Friday in the Pacific Ocean, shaking an erupting underwater volcano off Tonga's main island and raising fears of increased lava and ash flows, officials said.
Spectators watch as an undersea volcano erupts off the coast of Tonga. March 18, 2009.
HONIARA, Solomon Islands - A bone-rattling undersea earthquake sparked a tsunami that sent 10-foot-high waves crashing into parts of the Solomon Islands on Monday, wiping out one village and killing at least 13 people. The death toll was expected to rise.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car in an early warning drill.
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A powerful quake struck off southwestern Taiwan on Tuesday, triggering a potentially destructive tsunami that was headed toward the Philippines on the second anniversary of the deadly waves that killed thousands in south Asia.
Tourists walk along Patong Beach Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, in Phuket, Thailand. Tourists have returned to Thailand\'s beaches in large numbers two years after a massive tsunami struck the area on Dec. 26, 2004, killing more than 5,400 peopl
CIAMIS, Indonesia - An earthquake sent a tsunami crashing into beach resorts on Java island Monday, killing at least 86 people, leaving scores missing and sending thousands fleeing in an area spared by the devastating Asian tsunami of 2004, officials, witnesses and media reports said.