Tsunami in Karachi?

I’ve been hearing rumours that a tsunami is expected in Karachi this weekend. It has been predicted by the same person who predicted the October 8 earthquake. Although I never heard of such a prediction before and I coulnd’t find any news source on this now. So I’ll take that as BS and pray that everything stays calm in Karachi.

11 Comments so far

  1. Fawad Niazi (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 1:06 pm

    Look at this i got it from :


    Tsunami could hit Gujarat-Mumbai coast…in November!!!!!
    Tsunami could hit Gujarat-Mumbai coast Source: IANS. Image Source: IS Hyderabad, Sep 28: A second tsunami could hit India in November this year but this time around the killer wave could strike the Mumbai and Gujarat coastline, Indo-Canadian tsunami expert Tad Murthy says. His prediction that the tsunami could next occur in the Arabian Sea is based on the possible correlation between two tsunamis. He believes that the tsunamis in the subcontinent follow a 60-year cycle during which the strain is built up in the earth’s crust. “The last tsunami in the Arabian Sea occurred in 1945. Exactly 60 years after that, the Bay of Bengal was disturbed last year. There could be a correlation here and the tsunami might hit the shore before the end of this year,” Murthy told IANS. “Before the 1945 sea surge, a tsunami had occurred in 1883, following an earthquake in Indonesia,” he said. Andhra Pradesh-born Murthy asked Gujarat to be prepared to the tsunami that could hit India’s western coastline, especially the ports of Kandla and Bhavnagar in Gujarat. Murthy said Mumbai could also be hard hit by the possible disaster. “While buildings would be spared, slums would be the worst hit. Mumbai could also be affected if a tsunami were to strike Karachi in Pakistan,” he said. Tad, short for Tadepalli Murthy, was born in Tadepalligudem in West Godavari district. He is currently in India as part of the Canadian delegation that is participating in the Indo-Canadian science and technology summit meetings in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

  2. mohummed (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 1:14 pm

    Thats why the residents of defence , clifton, hawks bay , jawed bahria e.t.c. are shifting to other areas.

  3. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

    I know it might be wrong of me to say this, but instead of taking things like this as BS and dismissing them, it is better to always be prepared. Living near the coast is definitely dangerous, and in a year of major disasters like this, taking safeguards would not be considered being paranoid. Check out my favorite site http://www.equipped.org for tips on urban survival, and some really practical tips for surviving different disasters like terrorist attacks, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.
    If you think the tips on that site are impractical, just read up on the story about a guy whose hand got caught under a big boulder, and he was there for around a week with no help in sight. In the end he chose to break his arm’s bones and amputate it with a blunt knife so that he would not die.
    Things such as this earthquake make you think. Although you can’t stop an earthquake from occuring, you CAN take steps to be prepared for it.
    As they say, it’s better to have something nad not need it, than to need something and not have it!

  4. Salman (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 8:09 pm

    Apart from individuals doing their own effort, it is imperative for the city council or city government to come up with a DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN, educate people through print and TV media what to do in a certain situation.

    Are we really prepared? Who knows what will be the escape routes if water comes ashore? There will be not much warning..specially to the seaview residents. I remember growing up in Karachi and this was late 80s or early 90s maybe when there was a prediction of arabian sea storm and some relatives in defence had to evacuate. It just got so fresh in my memory now.

  5. Alister (unregistered) on October 30th, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

    First off all what we lack here is education. As you can see now that due to zero education uncaring politicians, forced military regime, lack of humanity, racisim on the basis of caste creed, color, religion, no law and order, no protection for the integrity of our beautiful nations mothers and daughters are the hurdles towards a peaceful and secure life. We have become animals of immense disgust and evil. we do not care any more, look at the current scenario the government utilizes 75 percent of the countries resources for defence and we cannot even take claim of kashmir which we think is ours you are one of the major exporters of tents you do not have a store you have one seismologist in your country we have 4 helicopters for a country who thinks their neighbours are in a state of war for 58 years. you claim to be a nuclear power and you do not have transport helicopters. After earth quake various nations have come as helpers and our helping to rebuild the nation plus they are giving donations so much money has been collected in the president reliefs fund where will it all go just keep watch karachi is a coastal area do we have a tsunami warning center do we have any crisis managment center what are we doing for 58 years lost bangladesh to 70000 indian troops and the humiliation we faced it is history what the pakistan army did to all the bangladeshi people we lost ran of kuctch adn with out a single bullet shot american forces are in our capital we were against Israel we have accepted them we hv no nuclear program we lost siachen kargil why the hell are we alive let one tsunami come and destroy pakistan completely then leave it up the almighty to judge the innocent why do these corrupt politicians and army generals have to do the evil

  6. Osman Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 9:15 pm

    As much as I’d like to think that there is no chance a tsunami is going to end up on the shores of Karachi, its quite possible that it just might end up doing so. Its happened in the past in Southern Asia – not exactly Karachi but an earthquake originated in the Indian Ocean that resulted in an 11 – 11.5 meter tsunami on the 27th of November 1945. I’m not saying the ‘end of November’ bit has anything to do with it, but the fact remains if there’s speculation you have to be curious – is it just paranoia leading to the speculation or a small amount of minute evidence. I wouldn’t stay home and pray – I’d rather look into the scenario and look out for any actual possibility as to how anyone can even predict an earthquake – leading to a tsunami ‘to be’ end of November. All i hope is that the ‘smart’ crowd of Karachi doesn’t end up at the shores of Sea View hoping to catch the sight of the possibly 10-12 meter high waves travelling towards them at 50-100 Kms an hour like they did the last time a truly possible threat of a tsunami confronted the city.

  7. Mohamma Adeel (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 4:41 pm

    With the grace of Allah .Karachi have been getting rid of disaster,but this time a very huge,Tsunami is gonna strike Karachi badly on 9 nov ,nothing will be remained except God’s name.
    hooo haaa. im not kidding ,for more data.mail me

  8. Omer Opee (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 7:50 pm

    O C’mon Adeel! :) cut it out! We have some real X-Files believers on MetBlogs :) Didn’t you see how everyone was coming up with their own reasons! :D

  9. brad pitt (unregistered) on November 9th, 2005 @ 11:14 pm

    hey guys a tsunami wont cum dont worry just pray to god =]

  10. Imtiaz (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 12:05 am

    Why are we considering tsunamis a result of a predictible activity????

    1. Tides cannot cause tsunamis, the can cause floods, but not tsunamis.

    2. Hurricanes, cyclones and other weather related phenomena too, cannot cause tsunamis.

    Tsunamis need an extreme force to push the water from below the surface in order to be created..

    The only possible means of these happeneing are the following:

    1. A major earthquake, very close to the ocean floor, that too in waters that are not very deep. Not predictable.

    2. A nuclear explosion (the 5 kilo ton devices used at Chaghi are not sufficient). Not predictable (if a country could predict one, why would they let one happen to start off with?)

    3. Asteroid Crash, something more like the movie Armageddon, minus the shuttles going out to nuke the asteroid. Predicable.

    There is practically no other natural phenomenon that can cause a tsunami. Hence while it is wise to understand the risks associated with living near the coast lines, there is no need to get paranoid.

    CHILL OUT!!!!

  11. MOoN (unregistered) on November 10th, 2005 @ 12:38 am

    Navy has done the investigation… and found out that the earth under the Arabian Sea, that touches Karachi is DEAD… therefore theres no danger of Tsunami in Karachi.

    Rest Allah knows all and Well.

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