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9/06/2007

Expert warns of tsunami risk in Bay of Bengal

A color-coded chart shows computer modeling for the 1762 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Bay of Bengal. Red colors indicate offshore wave heights of 8 feet (2.5 meters) or more. Scientists say they can’t predict when the next Bengal tsunami could hit but warn that it would be catastrophic.
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Computer models show that one million people might die in catastrophe

HONG KONG - Powerful earthquakes could rock the Bay of Bengal, triggering tsunamis that would inundate Myanmar, Bangladesh and possibly India, an Australian geologist has warned.

It was known that the risk of another large quake off Indonesia’s central Sumatra was high, but a large subduction zone in the Bay of Bengal along the coasts of Myanmar and Bangladesh appeared to have been forgotten, Phil Cummins of Geoscience Australia wrote in a letter in the latest issue of the journal Nature.

A subduction zone is an area where two tectonic plates meet and move towards one another, with one sliding underneath the other creating volcanoes and earthquakes.

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