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There’s Something Strange Happening with the Sea

Washington Post staff writer Michael Dobbs experienced today’s tidal wave in Sri Lanka first hand — from the water.

I couldn’t understand what the fuss was about. All seemed peaceful. There was barely a ripple in the sea.

Then I noticed that the water around me was rising, climbing up the rock walls of the island with astonishing speed.

The vast circle of golden sand around Welligama Bay was disappearing rapidly, and the water had reached the level of the coastal road fringed with palm trees.

It’s just a little weird that after posting this item I start reading Michael Crichton’s State of Fear — where the opening chapter describes a French oceanography lab studying tsunami’s!

And, further weirdness, then I pick up Friday’s Wall St. Journal and start reading the article about the full moon on December 26th titled “Full Moon Gets Blame for Many Catastrophes“! Yikes!

The moon is full when Earth lines up between it and the sun, maximizing the amount of sunlight the moon reflects. The new moon occurs when the sun and moon are on the same side of Earth, combining their gravitational pull.

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