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A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon, triggering a tsunami watch for the Indian Ocean, which was later canceled.

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The tropical island you can sailupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 05:40:00

Want to escape to a tropical island? How about sailing away on one of your very own?

World's most scenic cruisesupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 09:20:00

No matter how many times he steers the 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn through Norway's Lofoten Islands, captain Hamish Elliott eagerly anticipates his favorite point: the entrance to Trollfjord, a fairytale-like landscape with towering cliffs on either side.

U.S., Canada threatened by tsunamiupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 05:53:00

A tsunami warning has been issued for the western coastal areas of the United States and Canada after a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan.

U.S. Navy frees ship from suspected Indian Ocean piratesupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 05:48:00

A U.S. Navy ship came to the rescue of an oil tanker in the Indian Ocean on Saturday after four suspected pirates climbed aboard.

Demystifying modern-day piratesupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 11:13:00

Piracy expert Candyce Kelshall explains how pirates are thriving and how the West is encouraging them.

Pirates seize Danish family, childrenupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 11:13:00

Pirates have seized a Danish yacht with seven people -- including three children -- on board, the Danish Foreign Ministry says.

Sailing group: Americans had split off on their own in Indian Oceanupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 06:08:00

Pirates boarded an American yacht off the coast of Oman three days after the boat's owners split off from the relative safety of a sailing group traversing a dangerous section of the Indian Ocean, according to the group, the Blue Water Rally.

Somali pirates seize yacht with four Americans onboard, military saysupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 02:30:00

Somali pirates hijacked a yacht with four Americans onboard in the Indian Ocean, U.S. military officials said Saturday.

Somali pirates seize American yachtupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 02:30:00

CNN's David McKenzie talks to Randi Kaye about four Americans who were taken by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman.

Hijacked oil tanker seen as bad sign in piracy crisisupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 11:11:00

The hijacking of a U.S.-bound oil tanker carrying 2 million barrels of crude on Wednesday marks what one shipping official calls "significant shift in the impact of the piracy crisis," with major oil lines to the West under severe threat.

Cruise ship avoids potential pirate attack, spokesman saysupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 14:56:00

A British cruise ship avoided a possible pirate attack in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday when the captain to took evasive maneuvers and alerted naval authorities after the ship's radar detected an approaching small boat.

Pirates hijack cargo ship in Indian Ocean, EU force saysupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 09:20:00

Pirates hijacked a cargo ship Monday in the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Tuesday.

Hijacking off Tanzania shows expansion of pirate activity, Navy saysupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 14:04:00

The hijacking of a container ship in the Indian Ocean Friday afternoon is evidence of a "constantly expanding area of pirate activity" off the Africa coast, military officials said.

Panama freighter carrying 29 Chinese sailors hijackedupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 21:38:00

Pirates hijacked Friday night a Panamanian freighter with 29 Chinese sailors in the Arabian Sea on the northern Indian Ocean, the China Marine Rescue Center said Saturday, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Report: Somali pirates hijack South Korean vesselupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 11:08:00

A South Korean fishing boat was hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Sunday, citing the nation's foreign ministry.

Major plane crashes in the past 20 monthsupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 13:07:00

The plane crash in China Tuesday was at least the ninth major deadly airline crash since January 2009.

Maldives plunges into power struggleupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 12:55:00

Maldivian Cabinet ministers have resigned en masse over a stalemate with the country's parliament dominated by opponents of President Mohamed Nasheed.

Stranded teen sailor is 'safe and sound'updated: Sat Jun 12 2010 14:52:00

The 16-year-old California girl rescued from her stricken boat in the Indian Ocean says she is "safe and sound" and argues that her age shouldn't be blamed for the problems she encountered while at sea.

Teen sailor found aliveupdated: Sat Jun 12 2010 14:52:00

Teenage sailor Abby Sunderland has been located after her boat was found adrift off the coast of Australia.

Rescue teams to reach stranded teen sailor in 24 hoursupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 16:57:00

Rescue teams are heading Friday to a remote area in the Indian Ocean to fetch a stranded 16-year-old California sailor girl who lost contact as she tried to circumnavigate the globe in her yacht.

People.com: Found! Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland Is Safe and Wellupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:28:00

The 16-year-old sailing solo around the world, believed lost, was spotted in the Indian Ocean

Kidnapped British couple plead for releaseupdated: Fri May 28 2010 14:08:00

A British couple kidnapped by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean last year said in a videotaped message they "desperately need" new British Prime Minister David Cameron to clarify whether he will work to secure their release.

Taiwanese boat hijacked in Indian Oceanupdated: Mon May 10 2010 20:45:00

A Taiwanese fishing vessel has been hijacked in the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said in a news release.

Opinion: 'We need to evolve a new attitude to our seas'updated: Fri Apr 30 2010 02:28:00

The epic voyage of Plastiki is bringing into sharp focus the inordinate environmental and economic impact that humanity is having on the oceans and seas.

Warships rescue Indian crew from piratesupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 15:29:00

U.S. and Omani warships have rescued most of the crew of a hijacked Indian ship in the northern Indian Ocean and captured 10 suspected pirates, but other marauders successfully seized a Turkish cargo ship, allied navies reported Wednesday.

Suspected pirates nabbed after skirmish with U.S. Navy shipupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 12:48:00

A group of suspected pirates was captured Thursday after attacking a U.S. Navy frigate in the Indian Ocean, according to a statement released by the U.S. Sixth Fleet.

Quake strikes in Indian Oceanupdated: Wed Mar 31 2010 00:12:00

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck near the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Failed pirate hijackingupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 08:22:00

A ship heading to Somalia manages to successfully thwart a pirate attack. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

French warship team destroys pirate boatsupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 10:38:00

Twenty-eight suspected pirates were taken into custody Friday by the European Union Naval Force after a handful of failed attacks on fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean, the EU mission said.

Omani sailors voyage back in time aboard 9th century shipupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 05:40:00

A group of Omani sailors are setting off on a voyage into the past aboard a faithful replica of a 9th century Arab sailing ship.

Thousand-year-old boat recreatedupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 05:40:00

Omani sailors are re-living a historic sail to Singapore aboard a hand-stitched, perfect replica of a 1,000-year-old boat.

Learning lessons from past disastersupdated: Sun Jan 24 2010 17:20:00

"Do you need anything from the pharmacy?" my wife asked. "I have to go early tomorrow to pick up a case of toothpaste."

MainSail in Januaryupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 09:43:00

With the high profile detention of five British sailors by the Iranian Navy in December 2009, some have started to question the Middle East as a viable sailing destination.

Helping tsunami kidsupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 21:24:00

Impact Your World highlights efforts to help survivors of the tsunami. Dan Rivers reports.

Asian tsunami warning system: A last-mile challengeupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 21:24:00

Yudi Rinaldi had his four-year-old son, Ryan, join him in a scene that simulated the real destruction he had narrowly escaped in Aceh, Indonesia.

How to fend off a pirate attackupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 07:41:00

Sailors who've been hijacked often say they never saw the pirates coming.

Pirates seize Greek ship off Seychellesupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 09:40:00

Suspected Somali pirates hijacked a Greek-owned bulk carrier Wednesday with 22 crew members aboard, according to the European Union's Naval Force for Somalia.

When pirates attack: What to do if the worst happensupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 10:02:00

Sailors who've been hijacked often say they never saw the pirates coming.

China vows to rescue 25 crew aboard hijacked merchant shipupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 13:17:00

China plans to make "every effort to rescue" a merchant ship and crew hijacked in the Indian Ocean, the country's state news agency reported on Tuesday.

Chinese ship hijacked in Indian Oceanupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 10:59:00

A Chinese ship with 146 people aboard was hijacked Monday in the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force said.

Tsunami watch issued for five countries canceledupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 18:52:00

A tsunami watch issued for five nations after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean was canceled about two hours later.

Tsunami watch follows quakesupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 18:52:00

Two unrelated earthquakes have triggered tsunami watches in two parts of the world. CNN's Chad Myers reports.

Pirates release Malaysian tugboat after seven monthsupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 03:28:00

Somali pirates have released a Malaysian tugboat and 11 crew members after holding them for more than seven months, an international business group reported Monday.

Somali pirates release German shipupdated: Sat Jul 18 2009 10:01:00

Somali pirates released a German cargo ship Saturday that they have held since May, the German Foreign Ministry said.

Child survives plane crashupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 03:47:00

A young child was recovered alive from a Yemeni jet crash in the Indian Ocean.

Pirates hijack UK-owned ship in Indian Oceanupdated: Sat May 02 2009 11:45:00

Pirates hijacked a British-owned bulk carrier Saturday in the Indian Ocean, but NATO forces stopped an attack on another vessel in the Gulf of Aden hours earlier, NATO maritime authorities said.

Crew of Alabama says sailors jumped pirates to retake controlupdated: Sun Apr 12 2009 11:41:00

The battle for control of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama began with a bold move by some of the crew to jump the pirates, crew members say.

Beating poverty could save coral reef fish, report saysupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 22:25:00

It's not just the number of people fishing, but the level of poverty in a local community that leads to overfishing of coral reefs, according to a new report.

Improvements seen four years after the Indian Ocean tsunamiupdated: Thu Dec 25 2008 23:42:00

Four years since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake spawned massive walls of water that swept across the Indian Ocean, leaving more than 230,000 dead according to a United Nations estimate, improvements can be seen in many of the devastated areas, humanitarian groups said.

Japan extends Indian Ocean missionupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 02:53:00

Japan's refueling mission in the Indian Ocean has been extended for another year by the country's parliament.

Cargo ship outruns pirates off Tanzaniaupdated: Sun Dec 07 2008 20:44:00

A Dutch-operated container ship outran pirates off the coast of Tanzania this weekend, an official with the International Maritime Bureau said Sunday.

Somali pirates release ship without ransomupdated: Wed Dec 03 2008 04:55:00

Pirates have released a Yemeni cargo ship without receiving a ransom after negotiations with local elders, a Somali official said Wednesday.

Time.com: Australia Opens National Tsunami Warning Centerupdated: Mon Nov 03 2008 10:00:00

Australia became an integral link in a network of tsunami warning hubs across the Indian and Pacific oceans with the official opening of a national monitoring center Friday

Time.com: 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Biggest in 600 Yearsupdated: Wed Oct 29 2008 17:00:00

The tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 2004 was the biggest in the Indian Ocean in some 600 years, two new geological studies suggest

Ten minutes of terror in diving paradiseupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 14:07:00

The powerful underwater current changed without warning, dragging us down and threatening to sweep us out into open water, far beyond help. We scrabbled for a hold, grabbing rocks, smashing coral and kicking our legs in panic.

Indonesian quake raises tsunami fearsupdated: Sat Mar 29 2008 14:55:00

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake off the coast of Indonesia on Sunday could trigger a tsunami on coasts near its epicenter, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

France's Joyon breaks 24-hour bestupdated: Thu Dec 13 2007 15:47:00

Frenchman Francis Joyon has broken the 24-hour distance record as he bids to beat Ellen MacArthur's record for going solo around the world.

Japan ends Indian Ocean missionupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 02:53:00

Japan ordered its mission in support of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, after the government failed to reach an agreement with parliament to extend it.

Tsunami machine creates monster wavesupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 13:13:00

Three years after a series of tsunamis killed more than 200,000 people and devastated hundreds of communities bordering the Indian Ocean, a team of engineers has figured out how to re-create smaller versions of the killer waves in a lab.

Time.com: Are We Ready for Another Tsunami? updated: Thu Sep 13 2007 05:15:00

Powerful quakes in Indonesia recall the 2004 tragedy and prompt worries over whether we're prepared for the next one

Tsunami fears persistupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 23:54:00

Craig Redmond, Indonesia director of Mercy Corps, updates the situation for residents after a powerful earthquake.

New quake rattles Indonesiaupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 23:54:00

People on the Indonesian island of Sumatra were jolted Thursday by a powerful tremor that prompted the Indonesian government to issue another tsunami warning.

Quakes strike off Taiwan; tsunami appears unlikelyupdated: Tue Dec 26 2006 11:16:00

Two earthquakes struck off the southwest coast of Taiwan on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster that left more than 200,000 dead.

Java death toll tops 500updated: Wed Jul 19 2006 00:41:00

The death toll from an earthquake and resulting tsunami that smashed into fishing villages and resorts on Indonesia's Java island has reached 525 with 273 people missing, officials have said.

340 perish in Java quake, tsunamiupdated: Tue Jul 18 2006 00:32:00

The death toll from an earthquake and resulting tsunami that smashed into fishing villages and resorts on Indonesia's Java island has reached 340 with more than 200 people missing, officials say.

Indonesia quake toll surpasses 100updated: Mon Jul 17 2006 05:29:00

A major earthquake off the coast of Java and a tsunami that followed has killed at least 155 people, according to Red Cross officials.

Sri Lanka park landmine kills 8updated: Sun May 28 2006 02:26:00

Eight people were killed in a Sri Lankan park on Saturday when a landmine exploded, Sri Lankan military authorities said Sunday.

A year of epic disasters, terrorism and politicsupdated: Sat Dec 31 2005 07:20:00

Natural disasters, terrorism and politics drove the top stories of 2005, according to an unscientific poll of CNN.com readers.

India by the numbersupdated: Tue Sep 06 2005 00:17:00

India, the world's second most populous nation and its 10th largest economy, is on the rise and bidding for superpower status.

Big quake hits Indonesia's Sumatraupdated: Mon Jul 04 2005 23:43:00

A strong earthquake has struck off the northwest coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, shaking buildings and triggering some panic.

How safe is the Indian Ocean now?updated: Sat Jun 25 2005 21:32:00

On 17 March 2005, 81 days after a massive tsunami swept away a great swathe of humanity in nations bordering the Indian Ocean, scientists from Ireland's University of Ulster predicted a quake would soon rattle fault lines near Indonesia.

Indian Ocean tsunami tollupdated: Thu Jun 23 2005 22:53:00

The toll of dead and missing six months after the December 26 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami stands at 226,328, according to government figures given to the International Federation of Red Cross.

Queen, Blair lead tsunami serviceupdated: Wed May 11 2005 05:37:00

Hundreds of bereaved families and friends of those killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami have joined Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair at a memorial service to honor those who died.

Why didn't this quake cause a killer tsunami?updated: Mon Mar 28 2005 18:27:00

Why do some earthquakes spawn tsunamis that kill thousands while others hardly stir a ripple on the ocean surface?

U.N.: 800,000 need food in Acehupdated: Mon Jan 31 2005 00:00:00

The United Nations says the number of people needing food aid will soar to nearly 800,000 in Aceh following the December 26 quake and tsunami.

Nations at odds on tsunami alertsupdated: Sat Jan 29 2005 11:24:00

Government ministers from tsunami-ravaged Asian nations have failed to overcome their differences on which country should host a proposed early warning system in the Indian Ocean.

Nations meet on tsunami warningsupdated: Thu Jan 27 2005 16:59:00

Government ministers from tsunami-ravaged Asian nations are gathering on the island of Phuket to plan for a proposed tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean.

U.N. group sets disaster planupdated: Sat Jan 22 2005 03:15:00

In the wake of last month's tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean, countries attending a United Nations conference on disaster reduction have agreed to pursue a plan aimed at reducing the risk posed by natural disasters.

Tsunami deaths soar past 212,000updated: Wed Jan 19 2005 15:30:00

The Indonesian Health Ministry said Wednesday that the December 26 earthquake and tsunamis killed 166,320 people in Indonesia, jumping the regional death toll for the disaster to 212,611.

Fish food fears spark price plungeupdated: Sun Jan 09 2005 23:36:00

Hard-hit Indian Ocean fishermen are being hurt again by falling demand for seafood prompted by fears it may be contaminated by decaying bodies that were swept out to sea by the tsunamis.

Phone call saves villageupdated: Fri Jan 07 2005 16:32:00

Once a peaceful fishing outpost on India's southeast coast, the village of Nallavadu is now nothing but rubble. Like so many other towns and villages surrounding the Indian Ocean, it is a victim of the tsunamis.

Leaders view tsunami devastationupdated: Fri Jan 07 2005 00:33:00

High-ranking international officials have toured regions hardest hit by the Indian Ocean tsunamis to see firsthand the devastation that has prompted one of the world's biggest relief efforts.

Getting word out a challenge in tsunami warningsupdated: Thu Jan 06 2005 10:31:00

The tsunamis that struck after an earthquake under the Indian Ocean took the world by surprise, but the killer waves could have been tracked almost from their birth if warning systems were in place, according to scientists.

World leaders pledge tsunami aidupdated: Thu Jan 06 2005 00:11:00

World leaders have pledged to work together on tsunami relief and reconstruction and establish a warning system to help avoid a similar disaster in the Indian Ocean.

Annan: Urgent need for $977mupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 23:24:00

U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has appealed for $977 million in emergency relief over the next six months for the "unprecedented global catastrophe" triggered by the Asian tsunamis.

3-minute silence for dead, missingupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 00:51:00

Much of Europe fell silent for three minutes on Wednesday as busy rail stations, stock exchanges, offices and shops paused to mourn the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.

Schumacher donates $10m relief aidupdated: Tue Jan 04 2005 16:16:00

Seven-time world Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has donated $10 million to the victims of last week's Asian tsunamis, his manager Willi Weber said during a German telethon on Tuesday.

Saudis vow to boost tsunami aid to $30 millionupdated: Tue Jan 04 2005 13:41:00

Saudi Arabia, criticized in the Arab world for not offering more money for tsunami disaster relief, said Tuesday it will triple the aid it has pledged to $30 million and will hold a fund-raising telethon to benefit victims.

CNNMoney: Giving to charityupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 13:46:00

If you're giving money to charity, make sure every dollar counts.

Can scientists be prepared?updated: Wed Dec 29 2004 22:59:00

On Sunday morning, shortly before killer waves reached Sri Lanka and India, a report was transmitted to a monitoring station in Hong Kong.

World sends help for tsunami victimsupdated: Wed Dec 29 2004 06:33:00

Gargantuan global relief efforts are gaining momentum as countries and aid organizations donate money, supplies and personnel to areas ravaged by earthquake-triggered tsunamis.

Fortune: New And Improvedupdated: Mon Jan 22 2001 00:01:00

Back in 1999, Hurricane Lenny trashed several top Caribbean resorts. Three have just reopened after major renovations, using Lenny as an excuse to freshen things up across the board: The Four Seaso...

Fortune: Dive In When you've graduated from the frattish, Corona-soaked fiesta of the Yucatan, head for the Maldives--the peaceable paradupdated: Mon May 24 1999 00:01:00

Somewhere in the crystalline equatorial waters of the Maldive islands, in the vast blue blankness of the Indian Ocean, a man floats effortlessly, rocked ever so slightly by loving currents, kissed ...

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