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#1 Vapor Trails

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 01:15 PM

Asian Quakes' Tsunami Kill More Than 7,200

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia on Sunday, killing more than 7,200 people in six countries.

Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water up to 20 feet high that rolled across the Bay of Bengal, unleashed by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake centered off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

In Sri Lanka, 1,000 miles west of the epicenter, more than 3,000 people were killed, the country's top police official said. At least 1,870 died in Indonesia, and more than 2,000 along the southern coasts of India. At least 289 were confirmed dead in Thailand, 42 in Malaysia and 2 in Bangladesh.

But officials expected the death toll to continue to rise, with hundreds reported missing and all communications cut off to Sumatran towns closest to the epicenter. Hundreds of bodies were found on various beaches along India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, and more were expected to be washed in by the sea, officials said.

The rush of waves brought sudden disaster to people carrying out their daily activities on the ocean's edge: Sunbathers on the beaches of the Thai resort of Phuket were washed away; a group of 32 Indians including 15 children were killed while taking a ritual Hindu bath to mark the full moon day; fishing boats, with their owners clinging to their sides, were picked up by the waves and tossed away.

"All the planet is vibrating" from the quake, said Enzo Boschi, the head of Italy's National Geophysics Institute. Speaking on SKY TG24 TV, Boschi said the quake even disturbed the Earth's rotation.

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(edited 2-9-05 to change the death toll figure)

Edited by Digital Man, 09 February 2005 - 10:18 PM.

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#2 Kimmer

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 01:31 PM

oh my word!!!!!! how horrific.

wonder what consequences this has for the future if the earth's rotation was disturbed?

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 01:34 PM

Eek. That's not good.

Thanks for sharing this, Digital man.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 01:38 PM

This is a stark reminder that while some of us might be having a Merry Christmas/ enjoyable vacation time, others aren't. :(

Let's keep these people in our thoughts.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 02:09 PM

I've been following this story for hours now- the death toll is now approaching 10,000 with the numbers expected to rise. This is really bad.  And what they aren't saying - and unless you look at a map you don't realize - is that these numbers don't include info from Myanmar (Burma). Burma is currently Communist and I doubt we'll hear much info from them.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years struck deep under the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra on Sunday, triggering tidal waves up to 20 feet high that obliterated villages and seaside resorts in six countries across southern Asia. Nearly 10,000 people were killed in the devastation, and the death toll was expected to rise.

Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water that rolled across the Bay of Bengal, unleashed by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake. The tsunami waves barreled nearly 3,000 miles across the ocean to Africa, where at least nine people were killed in Somalia, witnesses said.

At least 4,185 killed in Indonesia, the country's health ministry said.

In Sri Lanka, 1,000 miles west of the epicenter, more than 3,000 people were killed, the country's top police official said; that number, however, does not include the 1,500 deaths reported by rebels who control part of the country.

Elsewhere, about 2,300 were reported dead along the southern coasts of India, at least 289 in Thailand, 42 in Malaysia and two in Bangladesh.

New update as of 5 minutes ago- more than 11,300 have died.

http://story.news.ya...&u=/nm/quake_dc

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#6 Vapor Trails

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 02:43 PM

^

:eek3: :egads:  :argh:

Ack.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 02:44 PM

My heart goes out to all the people and their families that have been touched by this tragedy...
After spending such close quarters with family members who have petty issues whirling among them during Christmas no less, one is always reminded just how pointless such squabbling really is...

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#8 Vapor Trails

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 02:52 PM

cylkoth, on Dec 26 2004, 02:44 PM, said:

My heart goes out to all the people and their families that have been touched by this tragedy...
After spending such close quarters with family members who have petty issues whirling among them during Christmas no less, one is always reminded just how pointless such squabbling really is...

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 03:18 PM

8.9!! :crazy: :fear: When I heard that, I knew it had to be the most powerful quake in years. That's just horrific...
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Posted 26 December 2004 - 03:22 PM

Undersea earthquakes are the scaries things around, just because of those tsumani..............



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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:01 PM

6,000 dead a few hours ago... 7,000 when this was posted, BBC now reporting over 10,000. How horrible. And the Doctor who teaches me history is travelling in India...
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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:03 PM

I haven't the words. May they rest in peace

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:12 PM

Reuters is reporting the death toll upward of 11,000 now, and it's going to get worse.  Some of the "aftershocks" are in the major-quake range themselves (7+).
Even Somalia has been affected.

Gods rest those poor folk.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:16 PM

The Pacific Ring of Fire is a real bitch, isn't it?

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:19 PM

You've got that right, DM.  This may be as bad as Krakatau before it's done, even though the tsunamis weren't as high.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:23 PM

waterpanther, on Dec 26 2004, 04:19 PM, said:

You've got that right, DM.  This may be as bad as Krakatau before it's done, even though the tsunamis weren't as high.

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If I remember correctly, Krakatau was comprised of 3 volcanic islands. In 1883, two of them literally blew up-and the explosions combined with the tsunami killed 36,000 people. :( Sunsets were blood-red for almost a year.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:28 PM

Oh my God.

My heart goes out to the people of Southeast Asia and surrounding regions.

DM, have you heard whether this was felt in New Zealand?  And what kind of impact might this have if earth's rotation was disturbed, as I read above?  

Geez...this is scary..not only for the tragedy that has effected tens of thousands of men, women and children but for its implications on the environment.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:39 PM

Many thousands  missing, some areas not heard from/reporting at all.  

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 08:01 PM

Just the images shown on ABC national news this evening were almost too much to bear... a few images were not explained....a mother hysterically sobbing with a child in her arms and a row of children with a blanket over them but their faces were showing....wasn't said but strongly implied to me at least that they had not survived.

Makes me hold my children that much tighter tonight :(

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 08:02 PM

It's now being reported as a 9.0 earthquake. With 12,000+ deaths.

http://earthquake.us...ws/2004/usslav/

tvbuff - NZ was more likely to have felt the quake that was closer a couple of days ago - Magnitude 8.1 - NORTH OF MACQUARIE ISLAND 2004 December 23

http://earthquake.us...ws/2004/ussjal/



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