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Rain radar

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Man, the weather out here really sucks : nothing but rain since a month. And one can't really do large works in the outdoors without a rain shower. Luckily, Buienradar.nl shows a radar image of the rainfall, so you know if you have time to mown the lawn without getting wet.

Pretty Planet

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Mrdeckard.com features some impressive close-ups of the Earth. Can you see your house from here ?

Motte

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In 1998, six months after I bought my house, it got flooded after 14 hours of uninterrupted heavy rainfall. The little river the Motte, running 100 meters next to my house, couldn't bear all the water and set the neighbourhood blank. Though the damage was minimal - only my cellar got submerged, I became very suspicious after some days of rain.


Luckily I found out about this site which measures the heigh of the nearby river, the Motte. Even a little graph, depicting the situation for the past days, is plotted !

Ligustrum ovalifolium

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We spent the beautifull weekend planting a hedge in the garden : 225 little hedge plants, called Ligustrum ovalifolium, or Californian privet were planted in a 60m long ditch. A giant's work, but the result seems great.

We bought the hedge plants in the impressive Genker plant centre, a fairly large garden center which was decorated with the most insane hedge statues, like the horse and carriage depicted on the left.

Indian Ocean earthquake

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The devastating megathrust earthquake of December 26th, 2004 occurred on the interface of the India and Burma plates and was caused by the release of stresses that develop as the India plate subducts beneath the overriding Burma plate. At least 27,000 people were killed by the earthquake in Indonesia. Tsunamis killed at least 18,000 people in Sri Lanka, 4,300 in India and 1,400 in Thailand. The tsunami crossed into the Pacific Ocean and was recorded along the west coast of South and North America.


This is the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and is the largest since the 1964 Alaska earthquake. Here's an animation of the tsunami following the earthquake, a photo gallery, and a realplayer video of the tidal wave. Of course, no blog post about this disaster should be complete without the information of how to give help.

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