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Amateur Footage Helps Us Understand Tsunamis More

December 26, 2004. On this day, the worst tsunami in living memory pummeled Indonesia and shocked the world. The first tsunami to occur in the age of mobile camera phones, it was experienced by people all over the world through the shaky handheld videos that emerged of the catastrophe. The footage of the tsunami conveyed the ordeal through the eyes of the survivors, but it also had a practical benefit. Video footage enabled scientists to understand tsunamis more. Here's how. 

how amateur videos help scientists understand tsunamis more
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Via Omega
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A series of massive earthquakes hit New Zealand this morning, and one YouTube vlogger caught the experience on video.

Omega, a who runs a gaming channel from his home in New Zealand, sat down to record his latest episode, when an earthquake, measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale, began. Understandably, he seems quite shaken up by the whole experience, but luckily, he was safe.

While the video doesn’t really show the full danger of this earthquake, it was quite severe. This isn’t the first earthquake to hit New Zealand this morning. CNN reported on the series of earthquakes that triggered tsunamis and aftershocks that “left at least two dead.”

According to CNN:

“The first event, a 7.8-magnitude quake, struck just after midnight Monday near the coastal community of Kaikoura, some 93 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of the city of Christchurch”

“It triggered waves of 2.49 meters (8 feet) above usual tide levels, the highest he has seen in his 38 years in New Zealand, Philip Duncan of Weather Watch New Zealand said.”

An initial tsunami warning was lifted but temblors continued Monday afternoon. A 6.2-magnitude quake struck around 1:30 p.m. 39 kilometers west-southwest of Kaikoura, further north of Christchurch.”

Check out the video above.

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Above there you'll see the perfect "OH S*" face from a local news anchor, and here's what the comedy twittersphere had to say about it:

Hat tip to Uproxx.