Coral reefs around the coast of
"A lot of the mechanical damage seems to have been caused by boats washing over coral reefs, and in turn pushing over large boulders, so there's very site-specific damage - whereas on the broad scale, the mechanical damage is much less."
...Mr Tamelander has completed a survey of reefs of
The area was badly affected on land, with "significant destruction" of terrestrial ecosystems. But in comparison, the underwater coral has not been so badly affected.
He now plans to head to the eastern side of
The force of the tsunami was potentially greater there than in the south-west.
He said that so far, however, he was "pleasantly surprised" by what had been found in
"There are reports of several reefs in
"At the same time, we have as yet unconfirmed or unquantified damage that is quite severe - but this is quite preliminary, and we need broader surveys to say more."