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December 26, 2004
Quake, Tsunami Devastate Asia; Over 11, 300 Dead


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - One of the most powerful earthquakes in history hit Asia Sunday, unleashing a tsunami which devastated coastal areas of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and tourist isles in Thailand, killing more than 11,300 people.

The tsunami, a menacing wall of water, wreaked death, chaos and destruction across southern Asia. Up to 30 feet high, the tsunami was triggered by an 8.9 magnitude underwater earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

``It was a terrible sight,'' Jayaram Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu state, said after touring areas of India, where 3,000 people were killed. ``I could see dead bodies all around and the devastation is of colossal proportions.''

Emergency services struggled around the region popular with Western tourists flying east for Christmas sunshine. Some areas were totally unprepared and tourists found their holidays turned into disaster zones while anxious families at home awaited news.

In Sri Lanka, where the death toll reached 3,500, corpses floated in floodwaters, while thousands fled their homes and cars floated out to sea. Idyllic beaches were turned into fields of debris and destruction. Around 750,000 people were displaced.

``I think this is the worst-ever natural disaster in Sri Lanka,'' N.D. Hettiarachchi, director of the National Disaster Management Center, said of the effects of the earthquake, the worst for 40 years and the fifth biggest since 1900.

The worst-hit area appeared to be the tourist regions of the south and east where beach hotels were inundated or swept away.

Local media reported land mines sown during Sri Lanka's two decade civil war had been uprooted and spread by floods. Others used the mayhem to loot shops and houses, police said.

In Indonesia, where 4,422 were listed as killed, raging waters dragged villagers out to sea and tore children from their parents' arms.
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I guess things like this happen without much warning. Otherwise, everyone would get as far inland as they could by whatever means possible. I read somewhere that Tsunami waves can reach speeds of up to 500km/h (around 310mph). That's nuts.
 

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I have been watching this story all day - first it was 5000, then 7000, and has gotten worse as the day went on. Absolutely horrible. Those poor people.

Scary point - this is but a "water ripple" compared to what would happen if that wall of land out on La Palma (Canary Islands) ever falls in to the ocean if the volcano there erupts. We will see catastrophe like none before.
 

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Scary point - this is but a "water ripple" compared to what would happen if that wall of land out on La Palma (Canary Islands) ever falls in to the ocean if the volcano there erupts. We will see catastrophe like none before.

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Crud, thanks a lot. Now I'll be too nervous to sleep tonight. :crazy:
 

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don't they love making movies of disasters like this? wall of water washes ashore?

I remember various articles in Scientific American, National Geographic etc, that talked of huge tsunamis caused by earthwquakes and underwater land slides, racing over open water to blast coastal areas. Didn't ever really consider the possiblity that it could happen in the present. they are now talking over 12,000 dead. I think its going to be more than that because they are not counting all the small islands in the indian ocean and bay of bengal, only the major areas.
 

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Sorry TJ - but, I was just reading osmething about it, and seeing this kinda opens your eyes a bit.
 

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One thing something like this does tell you, very emphatically; is that Mother Nature can be a real b*tch at times and man is being arrogant when he thinks he's more powerful.
 

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It's like hurricanes where human instinct is what puts you at risk. The incoming tsunami actually pulls water OUT initially, triggering people's WTF reaction and bringing them out towards the coast. Then, minutes later, the wave actually hits. :frown:

Reports are also saying that there was no warning system, which might have saved many. Man. Thousands. :shocked:
 

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nature will kill you quicker then it brought you to life. anyone that flys, climbs, mountainers, scuba dives, sails etc will tell you that. so enjoy it while you get the chance
 

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Unfortunately, I suspect the death toll will be much higher when all is said and done. :frown:


I've seen the Canary Island scenario on a number of "Doomsday"-type programs. Given that the chunk of land is slowly sliding, it will happen some day. The only question is whether it will be a week from now or a million years in the future. A wall of water 1/2 a mile high!

It strikes me that we in the US are insulated from natural disasters of this magnitude. Elsewhere, earthquakes, floods and even heat waves kill tens of thousands. I feel pretty fortunate...
 

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My friend's (909 Hype) brother's girlfriend was over there visiting family in Korea and then went over to Thailand ...I hope all is well...no word yet :crazy:
 

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yeah and on the news around here started off by saying,

top story, a football legend dies, reggie white, no offense to reggie but i would think a top story would be 25 thousand people dieing not 1.

and thats all they are talking about reggie white and this disaster wich killed so many is on the back burner :crazy: thats just not right to me.
 

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***Hey***


Didn't Don Rumsfeld just fly over Asia???? :shocked: :blush: :shocked: :blush:


Scott :kaboom:



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This has got to be one of the most horrific tragedies ever speaking in terms of Natural Disasters mind you.

A couple of friends of mine were in Thailand this time last year, one was there for a month during the time when the Bird Flu was affecting Asia now this, how horrible. :bawling:

Still awaiting word from one friend to see that her friends are okay, the ones she visited near Phuket. /wwwthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
 

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This disaster is like most others - unwanted, the earthquake at Bam Iran killed over 30k last year.

The whole thing in Phuket has me really worried, so many tourists stay on the beach and the authorities have only confirmed 400 or so dead with "thousands" missing. I really hope your friends are well.
 
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