Why the 2012 Sumatra Earthquake Was a Weird One

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Mangroves. Large acres of Mangroves, which plays vital role in eco-system have recently been destroyed, just to build flats. Captions and Photo source: ©© Baban Shyam

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Already a curiosity for its sheer size, the 8.6-magnitude earthquake that shook the seafloor west of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on April 11 appears to have been even weirder than scientists thought…

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Mangrove: The Root Of The Matter
Countless people clung to life in the branches of trees hemming the shorelines during the 2004 tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka. In the aftermath of the disaster, land change scientist Chandra Giri from the U.S. Geological Survey decided to explore how these unique trees, which make up valuable forest ecosystems called mangroves, help safeguard lives, property and beaches during hurricanes, tsunamis and floods.