Physical Oceanography

Tsunami victims 'need to hear normal voices'

Ordinary Hongkongers have been called on to help counsel Japanese survivors of the tsunami, amid fears that the suicide rate among victims had yet to peak.

Friday, 18 November, 2011, 12:00am

Six months on, victims despair

Six months after their lives were turned upside down by the most powerful earthquake to strike Japan in living memory, many people in the Tohoku region of northeast Japan are still struggling to come to terms with their new reality.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

The rocky road to recovery

With prayers and ceremonies, people across northern Japan on Saturday marked the three months since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck large areas of the Pacific coast on March 11. About 15,400 people have been confirmed dead and over 8,000 are still listed as missing, while survivors try to adjust to life without loved ones amid a continuing nuclear radiation emergency.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

How Google Maps helped in aftermath of disaster

Many groups from around the world have played a part in rebuilding the Japanese medical system after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March, but a leading Japanese doctor has singled out as a surprise contributor - Google Maps.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

China offers to share tsunami buoys

The mainland's marine authorities have deployed two tsunami-warning buoys in the South China Sea and have offered to share them with other regional countries.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

Threat of tsunami hitting Hong Kong is not that great

I refer to the report ('Is HK safe from tsunamis? Experts say no', April 20).

With the sheltering effect of the land masses of Taiwan and Luzon against tsunamis originating from the Pacific, the most likely earthquake source zone that may generate a tsunami to affect Hong Kong significantly is the Manila Trench over the South China Sea to the west of Luzon.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

HK tsunami risk is small, but one we can't ignore

Few major cities can match the safety standards Hong Kong has attained. We've got a low crime rate, terrorism has so far been mercifully absent, and we would seem to have all but tamed our natural environment.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The proof that we can pull together in a crisis

I have been getting e-mails from friends in Japan. Here is a typical description of Tokyo in late evening on the day of the earthquake.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Beijing cannot ignore need for radical reform

17 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

poets' corner

Prayers of mine

Japan has been shaken:

As it was flushed,

People got crushed

As if they were bugs

They need a hand. I will try.

Seen some troops

Light up the route.

Oh Jupiter, my lord,

Souls are lost.

Take the dead to their gods.

17 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Atlantic by Simon Winchester Harper, HK$224

2 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Tsunami a reminder of need for protection

If something good came out of the terrible Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, apart from peace in Indonesia's Aceh province and the triumph of human spirit and compassion over unimaginable loss and suffering, it was an international resolve to build a warning system to give millions of people a better chance of surviving the next 'big one'.

30 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Glacier loses ice sheet

An ice sheet about four times the size of Hong Kong Island has broken off a glacier in Greenland, according to Canadian scientists.

17 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

It's the Little Things

It's the Little Things by Erica James Orion, HK$100

27 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

HK pair rescued from liner that hit iceberg

Three Chinese tourists, two of them from Hong Kong, were among 100 passengers and 54 crew members evacuated from a Canadian cruise ship that sank after striking an iceberg off Antarctica, the adventure tour's operator confirmed yesterday.

The Chinese embassy in Chile said it would offer full assistance to the three to help them return to Hong Kong and mainland China.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am