in chronological order, are the emails I received
following the Tsunami.
Care About the Citizens of the PPDRDG!
apologize to everyone who wrote that I was unable to
write back at the time.
We heard about it on BBC, but
otherwise were pretty much in the dark at the time.
But now we've got internet at
our site here in Central Asia, but the best I can do
is post your emails
of concern and to assure you
all that the boys and girls on Dodge are (and were)
safe and sound,
and deeply appreciate your
interest in their health and safety.
(BTW, there were more than
what I've transcribed here, but they basically said
"Was looking for info about the Tsunami and found
your web site... I was there in XXXX, and here's my
story." So those are on the Warstories
pages. These ones are primarily about the
But first, here's something from a certain unnamed
retired Royal Navy Officer, currently soaking up the
sun in the Med:
There was little damage from the recent tidal wave
to Diego Garcia. Some people thought there must be a
sinister reason. Others have written on websites that
the Americans knew all about the tsunami but didn't
tell anyone else. The following item from the Times of
San Carlos (Spain) may help.
The Diego Garcia Anti
hitherto top secret project was designed to keep
anti USA and UK conspiracy theorists happy for
years. Recent events have proved the triumph
of paranoia over sanity and stupidity over common
sense in an outstanding manner and fully justified
the billions of dollars. Consisting of thousands of
satellite supported deep earth probes throughout the
globe, the system predicts a tsunami 24 hours before
it occurs. The Diego Garcia Anti Tsunami Barrier is
automatically raised. Funding was provided
exclusively by the Americans. Half was smuggled
through Congress under the guise of a De Rat
Infestation Program (DRIP) and half by the Diego
Garcia Morale, Welfare and Recreation budget. The
entire system is biodegradable.
USA is currently working on a Diego Garcia Counter
Earthquake System which will transmit synchronous
vibrations to cancel incoming tremors.
Pentagon spokesperson said it would neither confirm
nor deny. A Ministry of Defence official said 'We
are happy to subscribe to that'.
Department and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
refused to comment. An official from the latter was
heard to ask, 'Why does no one EVER tell us?'
Another official later denied this.
Here are some links about
the effect on DG. Check out your favorite
search engine for more.
Files of interest:
#25 from the Chagos Conservation Trust
with a description and some photos of the
effects on Diego Garcia and other islands of
the Tsunami in the Chagos Archipelago"
by Dr. Sheppard, the pre-eminent scientist of
DG and the Chagos.
Your IPODS: Here're mp3 files of the
University has a web page about an
underwater recording of the tsunami made
near Diego Garcia!
to listen to an mp3 of this fascinating
Sun, 26 Dec 2004 12:11:42 -0500
"Swanson, Jeff" <Jeff.firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just saw some terrifying news on the net regarding a
huge 8.9 magnitude earthquake centered deep under the IO
about 150 miles SE of the northern tip of Sumatra.
It's caused massive tsunamis in Sumatra, Thailand, Sri
Lanka, Indonesia, etc.
I'm worried as hell about
DGAR! The tsunami occurred on Phuket, Thai around
breakfast time and given time/distance would have hit
around the same time in DG, Sunday, 26 Dec. Waves
in Phuket were estimated to16-33 feet (5-10
meters). About 7,000 know dead so far. I
believe waves can grow in intensity over distances.
Article said this was
the largest quake in 40 years and 5th largest since
1900. Added the entire earth wobbled on its axis.
Let's collective keep
our ears open and pray for the best.
Best wishes to you, Jeff and Marlie Swanson (DG
27 Dec 2004 05:32:29 EST
Did DG get hit by a Tsunami? There is no news
here about it - Andie
27 Dec 2004 07:29:13 -0800
E Morgan" <email@example.com>
Did the Tsunami reach Diego Garcia?
Tsunami 25 Dec. '04
27 Dec 2004 09:59:46 -0600
I am a retired American - not by choice but due to
heart problems - living in KY, USA. It occurs to
me that with all the news about the earthquake and
resulting tsunami in the Indian ocean, I have not
heard squat about our boys in DG and how they
faired. If it is possible and you have the poop
I'm sure the world - at least in the US - would want
to hear some reports. I know I would like to
know if DG sustained any damage and if so how can we
help our own people. We want our boys to know we
haven't forgotten them and appreciate their sacrifice
in defense of the country.
Drop me a line if you get a chance.
James R. Brown
27 Dec 2004 09:33:36 -0800
Jan Merkurieff" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Any news about the Tsunami? No one is talking
and I'd like to know if anyone was injured.
DID DIEGO GET HIT?
27 Dec 2004 10:30:48 -0600
Carl A." <Carl.Perry@NHGL.med.navy.mil>
I'm trying to find out if everything is OK on Dodge
after the tidal wave that tore up Asia this
weekend. I did see that Maldives got hit so I
figure Diego had to have gotten some itself.
DT1 Carl Perry
Diego vs. Tsunami 2004
27 Dec 2004 12:35:46 -0500 (EST)
Just wondering if DG survived the earthquake and
subsequent tsunami a few days ago. Reports
indicate death and damage as far away as Somalia, so I
fear the worst. If you get time please send a
quick yes or no. I understand you're busy.
Lieutenant Greg Brannon, USNR
(former Airman (E-2) stationed on DG during Desert
Storm circa 1991)
DG and Tsunami
27 Dec 2004 14:01:58 -0500
As a former P-3 Orion "driver" with fond memories of
D.G. my thoughts turned to how the "foot print" was
affected? Please send short e-mail re how DG and
its "detainees" faired the tidal wave.
Thanks in advance!
"W.W." Manning, CDR, USN Ret.
PS: Love the web site!
DODGE (DID THEY)
27 Dec 2004 13:16:53 -0600
Garry S LCDR \(CNATTPensacola FL\)"
Any word on whether DG sustained any damage from the
LCDR Garry S. Duncan
Center for Naval Aviation Tech Training
230 Chevalier Field Ave/Suite C
Pensacola, FL 32508-5168
27 Dec 2004 11:59:18 -0800 (PST)
HI there - My daughter is there working on an MSC
ammo ship, the Edward Carter Jr.. Just want to
be reassured the tsunami (sp?) didn't get you guys on
Diego Garcia. Everything's ok there right?
Appreciate any response.
[Editor's note: Well,
its good to know that even those who give aid and
comfort to the enemy were worried...]
Feelings about Diego Garcia but no News after
SeaQuakes off Sumatra all the way into the Bay of
27 Dec 2004 14:22:27 GMT
Dear Mr. Ted A. Morris, Jr.,
I came across the Web Site
for Diego Garcia from you when I was browsing for news
about the situation at Diego Garcia after the
SeaQuakes which happened from Sumatra way into the Bay
On the one hand I hope that
at least a part of the horrible US-war machinery
stationed at the U.S. Navy Support Facility at Diego
Garcia got washed into the sea - though I hope that
the nucear weapons stored there are save.
On the other hand I worry
for the people stationed there ... - and the persons
that are interned there (- people abducted from
Aftghanistan and called "Terrorists" - like in
Guantonamo Bay -). Deprived of their basic human
rights from a country that brags about its human
rights record in the countries they occupied
economically or militarily, I hope for them that the
flood wave was not that big as in Sri Lanka and that
This is why I write you.
Please let me know what the situation is on Diego
Garcia and the whole Chagos Archipelago after the
I´ve heard and read that the
waves came through the Seychelles and La Reunion and
washed away beaches and the small vessels of the
fishermen. I also heard that African coast lines got
flooded. So Diego Garcia and other Chagos-Islands must
have been affected as well. Can you confirm that?
Information about this would
be very important because I believe the US military -
which got everything - also has a global early warning
system for such a natural disasters to save their
equipment. So I assume that warships and warplanes
were evacuated when the flood waves built up and
traveled to and fro across the Indian Ocean. (By the
way, Goa, which is on the other side of the Indian
Coastline worst affected was visited by a medium flood
wave about 20 hours later - this is why I write "to
and fro", meaning that the waves traveled back and
forth in the Indian Ocean like in a bathtub.) Please
let me know whether such an early warning system
exists for the US military and whether it worked. Such
a system would be of very good use for the civilian
part of this world and could save any time in the
future many lives and suffering.
Another question is whether
you have heard any reaction of the indigen people, the
Ilois. What is their feeling now? In an ideal world
the US military base on Diego Garcia disappeared and
they could now reclaim their homeland ... , well in an
See forward to hear from you.
Best regards and all the best for you and your family
Tsunami damage at Diego Garcia?
27 Dec 2004 15:32:40 -0500
& Betty Goewey" <email@example.com>
We have been trying to find out if there was any loss
of life or tsunami damage at Diego Garcia. We
have heard nothing and wonder if you
could give us a link? Thanks...My husband was
once stationed there in the early 70's
27 Dec 2004 19:06:30 EST
Where the hell is Captain Ted? News says D.G. escaped
any damage which is damn hard to believe since the
east coast of Africa got hit pretty good.
Any news on this?
Going to Hawaii on the 4th so get hot and write.
27 Dec 2004 20:38:20 EST
How are the folks at the base doing? No news is being
reported. Any info would be appreciated, thanks, Radar
HEY MR DG
27 Dec 2004 20:45:57 -0500
Hey, I was a 3 timer in DG while in the Navy..retired
now. Anyway you can hook me up with some
information on what is the latest on island (havent
been there since 97) as well possible employement?
27 Dec 2004 22:21:35 -0600
How are things at DG after tsunami? My regards and
best wishes to all.
27 Dec 2004 23:43:11 +0000
Ted, I visited (luck?) DG in Nov. '86 as a
GMTSN on the USS Paul F. Foster DD964. How did
DG hold out during the earthquake and tsunamis of
12-225/26-04? Is it still there? Some of the
Have you heard anything about DG after the 9.0 quake
28 Dec 2004 00:05:25 -0500
28 Dec 2004 09:39:31 -0000
Dave N (LogicaCMG)" <Dave_Brown@bp.com>
Hi Ted, I found your details on your website.
Just wondered if you had any news of Diego
Garcia. We have a friend in the British Army
are can't find any news
28 Dec 2004 07:17:54 -0800
Hi, don't know how this will reach you but I"m
grabbing at straws at this point on finding out how
everyone is out there on dg. I worked out there as a
contractor for the airforce at the geodds site (past
the donkey gate and where the paved road ends)
for almost 8 years and I still have friends out
there working and have not heard a thing about how
they fared with the earthquake.....knowing that they
are only 2 feet above sealevel, makes me worry abit
although I do know that dg escaped lots of the weather
since it's so far out there. Do you know anything?
FW: SITUATION ON D.G.
28 Dec 2004 07:23:29 -0500"Leaver, Wayne"
For info of all who visit the website...
(NavSecGruDept NCS, Oct 1980 - Oct 1981)
From: VonAlven, Nicholas E. - CIV
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 6:50 AM
To: 'Leaver, Wayne'
Subject: RE: SITUATION ON D.G.
The water and waves were higher than normal, but no
From: Leaver, Wayne [mailto:Wayne.Leaver@disa.mil]
Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 5:38 PM
Subject: SITUATION ON D.G.
Haven't seen anything in the news here in Washington
DC about the effect of the tsunami on Diego
Garcia. I was stationed there when it was
NavSecGruDept of NCS back in 1981 and remember how
even a major rainstorm could flood the island.
Is everything okay out there? Can you
please get back to me?
Thank you and God bless.
28 Dec 2004 15:34:08 -0000
Richard here from deepest Hereford (England UK)
How did DG cope with the tsami wave on sunday
yours Richard Spoors
28 Dec 2004 15:43:33 EST
Wondering if Garcia was hit by the tsunami?
28 Dec 2004 15:43:33 EST
Wondering if Garcia was hit by the tsunami?
how are you
28 Dec 2004 13:14:28 -0800 (PST)
DEAR TED, HOPE IS ALL OK AT DIEGO GARICA, I
KNOW THERE WAS A VERY BAD WAVE.WE SPELT MANY
NITES AT DIEGIO FLYING DA B52/B1 MISSIONS. WE ARE
JUST HOPEFULLY ALL IS OK
28 Dec 2004 18:11:01 -0500
President for lifeTed Morris:
How did your
area fair against the tsunami? Back in the
States, we have not heard a word about Diego
Diego Garcia and Tsunami Update
28 Dec 2004 17:27:49 -0600
Has anybody gotten a update on the lovelies inhabited
island in the IO as a result of the earthquake tsumani
Subject: You never know what
you got till it's gone!!!
Tue, 28 Dec 2004 18:21:13 -0600
"Scott Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What happen to the rock ?
Tidal waves had to have hit it. I wish I could have
Crash Crew 80-81
Editor's Note: Surf's Up, Dude!
my name is frank palma ms3 was on
the rock from june 78 to jan 79 with nmcb-4 (
the does more battalion)I was a guitarist in the rock
band woodland ark along with alex palmer eo2,some
fleet philipenno named sonny (virgillo ) medina,jimmy
jensen (J.J.)and tom berry , i believe he was a
c.t. and a host of other musicians who played at
the special services hut .we even played at em club
one night and some one had a blow up doll . I'm 45 now
,married with 4 daughters and I tell them
about the rock every time i see it on the news .
what happen when the tsunaies hit the indian ocean .
worried about all the military personel stationed
there. If i remember correctly the highest piont
of the rock is only 17 feet above sea level.
please contact me email@example.com
29 Dec 2004 09:25:42 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
S. Kupner" <Kupnerdrp@charter.net>
Hi Ted, I hope this finds
you well, sorry I didn't get Christmas message out
to you. I really enjoyed the pictures of you
and your babies, Keep me informed on their
progress. Ted, I've been trying to find
out anything I can about Dodge, have you heard
anything about it since the earthquake in the Indian
Ocean? I've been in contact with Brian Williams, but
nothing has been released, as of, this morning.
If you hear anything,
please let me know, no one else is saying anything.
I'm sending this to each
of your addresses, to make sure it reaches you. Take
care and watch your six.................Larry
30 Dec 2004 16:01:25 -0600
Have you heard if the Tsunami hit the "Rock"?
Hopefully all is still well there. Thanks. Steve V.
A Reason for Concern
30 Dec 2004 17:41:57 -0800 (PST)
To Whom This May Concern,
Due to recent tragic
events of the recent tsunami's that have struck
numerous countries. I am here to ask you if you have
any news on Diego Garcia and it's current status? The
media here where i live(San Diego, California) or the
U.S. for that matter chooses not to go into any kind
of detail as to what has happened in Diego Garcia. All
the military representatives are saying is that Diego
Garcia was not damaged and there were no deaths. To
me, it is hard to believe given the fact that the
island's geological location is very close to the
epicenter of where the earthquake occured. If you can
gladly return any information to me. It would greatly
31 Dec 2004 00:00:01 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
though i knew of diego garcia's existence, and even a
little history of the chagos archipelago, as i
attempted to pin it down geo-wise in relation to the
rest of the indian ocean, i heard a disturbing - and,
as yet, totally unsubstantiated - report (irrespective
of the fact that most any report re u.s./british
military activity on diego garcia is - to understate -
disturbing)...that went like this: the base at
diego garcia was alerted by u.s.n. atmo-oceanographic
folks several hours in advance of the
tsunami...therefore, the appropriate precautions were
taken and no lives were lost...however - the assertion
goes - no calls were made to either indian, nor sri
lankan authorities warning of the possibility of
i realize you are not there...likewise, i am not the
author of the above report - and i very strongly hope
that it proves meritless.
congratulations on an excellent website, and happy
Tsunami and DG
31 Dec 2004 00:27:14 -0800
Your site has captured me for the last two hours. I
stumbled into it in a search to find out how our
people on Diego Garcia dealt with the tsunami ?
The Navy web site says no big deal. What have you
heard? Jim Westenberger USA Retired
Tsunami damage at Diego Garcia
31 Dec 2004 15:48:20 -0500
Just trying to find out the truth about tsunami
damage to the island. I just heard Colin Powel
state at the UN press conference that he 'doesn't have
any information about Diego Garcia'. To me
that's code for a big problem. Do you have any
Los Angeles, Independent journalist
1 Jan 2005 10:47:36 -0600
Did the tsunami do any damage on DG? Can't find
anything on the web, of course, nothing on the news.
Bill Bettger 72-73
2 Jan 2005 07:10:39 -0600
I was in Diego and just wondered how the Island was
affected by the Tsunami in December. I was in Diego in
2001 - 2002. Air Force C-5's , thirty nine years.
03 Jan 2005 17:56:13 +0530
Mid Term Symposium <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am an ex-soldier of Indian Army
and I am just anxious to know the effects of Tsunami
in DG. Just out of curiosity nothoing else.? Can you
Thanks & Regards
3 Jan 2005 11:53:59 -0500
my brother was stationed on diego garcia. he is
wondering how the island fared during the recent
disaster. is there a site i can link to for info
or can u provide any details? thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 Jan 2005 11:52:03 -0800
I can't find out what may
have happened to DG after last weeks tragedy. If
its not secret, could you pass on what you know?
Been a long time but I still love the site. I
also haven't been to DG since 1998.
Happy New Year and take care of yourself over in the
Your humble Chief Pilot,
4 Jan 2005 20:40:24 -0000
Just a little concerned for you all out on our tiny
island, Diego Garcia
David Kingston, United Kingdom
6 Jan 2005 11:29:18 -0500
Charles CIV NAVSURFWARCENDIV Crane, Code 80241"
I was surfing various websites for Diego Garcia, and
found your e-mail address.
I spent several weeks flying out of Diego Garcia and
Cocos Island about 30 years ago, as an Oceanographer
with the US Navy. We were studying the Acoustic
properties of the various water masses and bottom
provinces in a cooperative survey with the Australian
When I heard about the Tsunami in 26 Dec 2004 (since
Diego Garcia is so close to the epicenter of that
earthquake that generated it) I became concerned about
the personnel on the island. I was also very concerned
about the inhabitants of Cocos Island, just a few
hundred miles south of the epicenter. I didn't hear
anything in the news about these islands.
Do you have any information about the effects of the
Tsunami on those two islands, or know anyone whom I
can contact for this information?
Diego Carcia and the tsunami Xmas2004
13 Jan 2005 11:16:41 +0200
J Coetzee" <COETZNJ@unisa.ac.za>
I am not a soldier nor am I a citizen of the
USA [a most regrettable fact, I think].
I wonder what the impact was of the tsunami on Deigo
Garcia. I have asked far and wide but have
received no replies yet. Somehow I doubt whether
I will..... Do you know anything ?
Hoping to hear from you.
nicolaas jan coetzee
University of Suth Africa
14 Jan 2005 16:23:14 -0500
I'm curious about details of how the island may have
avoided or survived the tsunami. It is very strange
the the DOD (nor anyone
else) put out a public statement about the safety of
personnel on the island.
In The World, it's not a subject of much conversation
but I think enough people know about you all to be
concerned about safety.
16 Jan 2005 08:02:51 -0800 (PST)
Sincerely, I hope this mail finds you alive, well
and with your head attached. I have enjoyed
your DG web site for a couple of years and when 'net
rumors exploded about tsunami damage on DG I looked
at your "last page".
reply with public info you may have about Diego
Garcia and the condition of the base. Do you
know if the base was swamped entirely, sustaining
Reference to your site is on threads at
godlikeproductions.com. That web site can be
searched "Diego Garcia" for relative threads.
Thanks and good luck to you!
South Carolina, USA
all the PRECIOUS USA men and women
21 Jan 2005 15:11:45 -0800 (PST)
Roberta D. Roberts, I am a 70 yr old lady, but
if I was a young man I would be fighting with you,
and helping to protect you every way I could.
three yrs ago I first learned about the ,
POWERFUL-SPECIAL Forces Men, and some of
the things you do, and YOU ARE THE
BEST OF THE BEST on this earth.
THANK ALL of YOU PRECIOUS MEN for
everything you do to help make life on earth the
best it can be for everyone. for years
Science facts have proven, prayer works,
no matter how far away you are. every night for the
last 3 yrs, I have prayed MANY EXCEL. things
for each one of you now, and in your ETERNAL
life. it doesn't get any better than that.
CNN said the title wave did not effect Diego
Garcia. after I did my research about Diego
Garcia with an average elevation of 4 feet
above sea level. I can only say all of you
Must be Protected by the Almighty GOD.
now every night I will include the Protection of
Diego Garcia in MY prayers.
THANK YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART FOR EVERYTHING
ALL OF YOU ARE DOING.
your Eternal friend
Roberta D. Roberts
26 Jan 2005 20:26:28 -0800
What's the truth about the conspiracy theory that
Diego Garcia disappeared with the tsunami although we
haven't been told the truth? Also, that the
State Dept told Diego Garcia about the coming tsunami
but noone told any of the asian countries affected?
26 Jan 2005 09:34:53 -0800
No new photos from DG.
Horsburgh Point and Barton point had scavvy washed
away. NSF took down their Island scenes photos
and DG21 is offline due to bandwidth usage.
2 Mar 2005 17:13:41 -0800
He with Alaska Air National
Guard. He was there for 3 months.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Cavens"
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Subject: Diego Garcia
Yes, I was on DG during the East Asian
earthquake and resulting tsunami. Around 0700
we felt the earthquake. I thought it was one of our
bombers taking off just a
little closer than usual. Those flying thunder
beasts shook our very foundations on a regular basis
everyday. Air Force tents
are at the end of the runway.
Around 1000 after our worship service folks came
into the Chapel Center saying the lagoon had been
emptied of water. The water's return to the
lagoon was a bit leisurely coming back and did slosh
over some parts of the island. The only damage done
was one of the lines to a ship was broken when the
water returned and flipped the vessel around.
my story and I'm sticking too it. At 0700 I felt the
earthquake understanding through the power of the
Holy Spirit that there was danger. The Holy
Spirit helped me with the math- subtract eight foot
high island at best from forty foot high wave.
During the worship service I preached on Moses and
the parting of the Red Sea. Holding my hands and
arms up like Moses the congregation prayed. Two
assistants held my arms up as the water parted
around the island draining the seventeen mile
lagoon like a toilet bowl. It does not matter that
there was an undersea trench and mountain range in
front of the island diverting the force of the
Authorities may have informed the Navy and Air Force
command that there was an earthquake and resulting
tsunami but the little guy never was informed until
after the fact. It is just human nature to not
understand the power of nature until after the dust
settles. Though, command did tell military personnel
to immediately contact family and friends to say
they were ok.
that Sunday morning when I called my family in
Portland, Oregon they had not come to understand
exactly what had happened. As the weekend came to an
end it was not until the media started showing
pictures and telling stories that people really
understood the devastation and people on DG were
Thanks for asking
15 Mar 2005 07:01:21 -0800
The military keeps saying that Diego Garcia was not
harmed by the Tsunami but have you seen any post
Tsunami pictures? The military has awarded
a small Indiana Firm a $100 million contract to
upgrade it. In as much as the swell in that area was
supposed to be 6 feet and Diego
Garcia has a max height of 4 feet how could it
escape? If you have any more dependable
information or pictures it would be much appreciated.
Confirmation of contract let.