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Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:16 pm

Hi all,

I just ran across a satellite image of Male International Airport in the Maldives taken after the Andaman Tsunami of December 26:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/eye/andaman-maldives_comp01.htm

If you move your cursor over the image it will cycle to an image taken a year before the Tsunami hit.

Here's the whole series:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/eye/andaman-maldives.htm

In case this link or image has been posted earlier, my apologies. I did a search and could not find it anything quite like it on the forums.

Regards,

Jeff
 
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:45 pm

Wow, that is amazing! The airport got trashed after the waves came through. Does anyone have a figure on the number of aircraft that were destroyed?

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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:57 pm

I actually don't think any were destroyed as the airport is up and running and flights are operating as scheduled. Emirates only had to cancel two flights I heard.

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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:59 pm

There are clearly aircraft on the ground in the post-tsunami photo, and they couldn't have landed there with the runway in its current state, so they were obviously there during the incident.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:02 pm

Read an article from Denmark that Maldivian Airtaxi had an Aircraft in the air that spotted the wave and radioed a warning to base. In record time 16 of Maldivian Air Taxi's aircraft took to the air and only one aircraft was destroyed. The remaining aircraft are now busy flying supplies to outlying islands and bring back victims.

One hangar destroyed and some containers with spareparts were swept away.

Sorry, can only find the article in Danish. Maldivian Air Taxi is Danish owned.

http://www.takeoff.nu/news.cfm?nNewsWeekly=0&nNewsId=3630

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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:13 pm

Wow, really impressive pics...just makes you wonder the effect of that on villages, towns, cities ...
I hope something like this never happens again  Sad
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:17 pm

EZEIZA:

That's naïve. By virtue of the fact that this was caused by a natural phenomenon, it is certain to happen again. In fact, similar occurrances have happened a few times this century...but usually in areas that were either better protected by geography, or better prepared.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:30 pm

N328KF:

of course it will happen again, what I meant were the effects. Similar have happened, but not with over 60,000 dead. And yes, in areas that are better prepared to warn people, so hopefully in the affected areas they will do what it takes to install whatever is needed to avoid this natural disaster to kill so many people.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:53 pm

Fantastic pictures.Technology is great.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 4:58 pm

Is that debris on the runway or is the runway damaged? Nice pics though and thanks for the links.

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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:19 pm

Well, it shows that not even a strong sturcture like a runway is completely safe.
 
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:44 pm

Something more serious of this nature may have easily happened sometime in the past 2,000 years. There is nothing to suggested that 60,000 is truely a record of casualties resulting from a Tsunami.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 4:14 am

Corsair canceled their Sunday flight ( ORY / MLE ) and Star Airlines came back from MLE to CDG on Monday and came back to MLE in order to take back their crew and a lot of French tourists (264) ( came back on Tuesday afternoon in Paris)
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 4:37 am

A Tsunami in Bangledesh in the early 1970s killed over 200,000.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 4:47 am

Lymanm:

That was a cyclone/typhoon/hurricane.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 4:54 am

Considering the "pre" picture was taken almost 13 months ago and the "post" picture was taken with a cloud cover, IMHO I don't think the airport got hit that bad, at least nothing catastrophic. Yeah, there's some damage to some buildings and some aircraft may have been damaged, but most of the twin otters are still floating and tied up to the piers that are still standing. The airport could look worse after a bad storm.

At least the airport survived and can be used to get the badly needed relief aid to the areas that were destroyed.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:21 am

Look at the topography, though. Land and green you could previously seen off shore is now completely gone.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 11:36 am

Lymann - April 25, 1991, Cyclone in Bangladesh killed 138,226 people.
Not sure where you got your "200,000" number or "1970's" data from.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 1:32 pm

I'm not too surprised... looks like there is sand on everything and there may be some damage to some buildings, but that is all. If they clean the sand off of the runway, which I assume they did because there are people operating in there now, I don't think anything is really wrong there.

It could have been worse at MLE.

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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 2:21 pm

A Tsunami in Bangledesh in the early 1970s killed over 200,000.
When did this occur.
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RE: Male International Airport--Post Tsunami Photo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 2:23 pm

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