KONG: Just 11 days after Asia's tsunami
catastrophe, conspiracy theorists are
out in force, accusing governments of
a cover-up, blaming the military for
testing top-secret eco-weapons or aliens
trying to correct the Earth's "wobbly"
bars and Internet chatrooms around the
world questions are being asked, with
knowing nods and winks, about who caused
the submarine earthquake off Sumatra
on December 26, and why governments
were so slow to act in the minutes and
hours before tsunamis slammed into their
shores, killing almost 150,000.
a lot more to this. Why is the US sending
a warship? Why is a senior commander
who was in Iraq going there?" whispered
designer Mark Tyler, drinking a pint
of beer at a bar in Hong Kong's Wan
happened exactly a year after Bam,"
said Tyler, referring to the earthquake
in Iran that killed 30,000 on December
26 last year. "Is that a coincidence?
And there was no previous seismic activity
recorded in Sumatra before the quake,
which is very strange," he said, nodding
every globally shocking event-from the
bombing of Pearl Harbor to the assassination
of John F. Kennedy, the death of Princess
Diana and the September 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks in the United States -conspiracy
theorists emerge with their own sinister
take on events.
time the Indian and US military are
in the frame, while the governments
of countries from Australia to Thailand
stand accused of deliberately failing
to act on warnings of the impending
earthquake or the tsunamis it unleashed
the more common suggestions is that
eco-weapons, which can trigger earthquakes
and volcanoes remotely through the use
of electromagnetic waves were being
tested. More outlandish theories include
one that aliens caused the earthquake
to try and correct the "wobbly rotation
of the Earth."
give such theories short shrift.
was a natural disaster," said Dr. Bart
Bautista, chief science research specialist
at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology
and Seismology, debunking the idea that
an "eco-weapon" could be used to cause
an earthquake or such large-scale tsunamis.
would need a very huge amount of energy.
It's impossible. A billion tons could
not do it," Bautista said.
said wave activity might be triggered
very close to the scene of a giant explosion,
but the effect would be a tiny fraction
of the tsunamis, which traveled thousands
of kilometers at the speed of a jet
after tectonic plates shifted off Sumatra.
possible to cause vibration, but not
enough to cause disruption," he said.
can tell the difference between an artificial
explosion and an earthquake. The mechanisms
evidence, however, cuts little ice with
many conspiracy theorists.
Internet-which has proved invaluable
in dealing with the disaster by aiding
rescues, providing witness accounts
from bloggers and allowing grieving
relatives to comfort each other through
chatrooms-is abuzz with more sinister
Free Internet Press, which claims to
offer "uncensored news for real people,"
has an article saying the US military
and the State Department received advanced
warning of the tsunami, but did little
to warn Asian countries.
Navy base on the Indian Ocean jungle
atoll of Diego Garcia was notified and
escaped unscathed, it said, asking,
"Why were fishermen in India, Sri Lanka
and Thailand not provided with the same
did the US State Department remain mum
about the existence of an impending
catastrophe?" the author Michel Chossudovsky
because fishermen in India, Sri Lanka
and Thailand don't have multimillion-dollar
communications equipment handy," said
one respondent as readers posted angry
rescuers will find Elvis and the gunman
form the grassy knoll," jibed another,
referring to those who believe Elvis
Presley is still alive and that former
US President Kennedy was shot by someone
other than Lee Harvey Oswald.
India Daily's Web site joined the conspiracy
theorists, noting, "It seems the whole
world decided to fail to do anything
together at the same time. Are we missing
it be that all the government agencies
knew what was happening but were told
not to do anything? Who told them? Or
is this just a tragic coincidence?"
wrote Sudhir Chadda, a correspondent.
alien contacts have been reported with
the South Asian governments especially
India. UFO sightings have been rampant
over the region affected," Chadda wrote.
on Nicobar Island say that it was an
experiment conducted by the alien extraterrestrial
entities to correct the wobbly rotation
of the Earth. And some of the Indian
scientists are actually seeing that
wobbly rotation of the Earth has been
corrected since the massive underwater
earthquake and tsunami."
Hong Kong, Tyler laughed at the alien
idea, but remained convinced humans
had a hand in this disaster. "Wait and
see. There will be a lot more to come
out," he said