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Tsunami Triggered By Anak Krakatau Strikes in Indonesia: Here’s What You Need To Know (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

What has happened? A tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, the expanse between the islands of Java and Sumatra, on the night of December 22, local time. The Sunda Strait connects the Indian Ocean to the Java Sea. The tsunami occurred due to underwater landslide which was further triggered by volcanic activity at the site Anak … Continued

RIMES terms Titli cyclone ‘rarest of rare’ (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Geography)

The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia, a 45-nation international organisation on disaster warning, has termed ‘Titli’, the severe cyclonic storm that devastated Odisha in October, as ‘rarest cyclone’. Why Titli has been regarded rarest of rare? “More than 200 years of cyclone track history in the Odisha coast reveals … Continued

Should India have two time zones? National timekeeper adds new arguments (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

OVER THE years, various citizens and political leaders have debated whether India should have two separate time zones. The demand is based on the huge difference in daylight times between the country’s longitudinal extremes, and the costs associated with following the same time zone. Those arguing against the idea, on the other hand, cite impracticability … Continued

Why cyclones hit the east coast in October, and how they are predicted (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

Cyclone Titli became the third major cyclone to hit the Odisha-Andhra coastal zone in the last five years, all in October. What explains the similar timing, and how effective are the mechanisms for prediction and disaster mitigation? Season & frequency Cyclones have always been frequent in the region. What has risen is is the “frequency … Continued

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