Earthquake and powerful tidal waves kill thousands in Southeastern Asia.

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  1. nadirah

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    Earthquake and powerful tsumani kill thousands in Southeastern Asia.

    This thread will be updated with the latest news on the earthquake and tsunami disaster as soon as details are available.

    From cnn.com:
    Massive tidal waves today triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake have wiped out coastal areas across southeastern Asia, killing more than 3,000 people -- most of them in Sri Lanka and India. The initial quake struck about 100 miles off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island about 7 a.m. local time.

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/26/asia.quake/index.html


    SRI LANKA
    Confirmed death toll is over 1,500, but Colombo officials believe death toll will rise above 2,000

    INDIA

    At least 3,000 killed by waves which flooded the southern coast, interior minister says

    INDONESIA
    More than 450 killed -- many of them in Aceh, in northern Sumatra

    THAILAND
    Thai authorities say at least 248 killed -- 200 reported on the small island of Phiphi

    MALDIVES
    At least three children reported killed in the high waters on an island north of the capital, Male

    SINGAPORE
    Some mild tremors from the earthquake were felt in certain parts of Singapore, but no injuries were reported and everything is fine. Singapore is not affected at all by the earthquake and tsumani disaster.

    AFRICA
    Hundreds of Somali fishermen are feared to have drowned in the massive waves produced by Sunday's undersea earthquake off Indonesia.
     

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  2. bigbuck

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    Terrible!!.....Just saw it on the news 10min ago! :'( :'( :'(
     
  3. nadirah

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    Yeah, I got a huge shock when I read about it! :eek:
     
  4. beetlejuice

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    Man I know 2 people that live in India. I hope their OK. :eek:
     
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    how terrible :'( they said it was the 5th biggest quake since 1900.My heart goes out to all of the people there :'(
     
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    Rita Laxman,one of our members here lives in India also, hope she is ok too.
     
  7. mercurie

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    We have fellow members (creatures) who come here to the Wilders (forest). Has anyone heard from them. Or seen a post. I am so sorry to not know them by name, but the creature from the Lion City o_O Someone know or heard from any of them since this disaster. :(

    Sorry I missed one of two posts above, it appears my question is a duplicate.
     
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  8. Jimbob1989

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    Heard about it not long ago on the news, thought I would come online and check on my friends from the effected countries.

    Jimbob
     
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    Asian Quake Floods Kill 11,300

    Quake/Tsunami Death Toll Rises
    27/12/2004
    Simon Gardner
    One of the most powerful earthquakes in history has hit Asia, 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 on Sunday. Up to 10 metres 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 Centre, 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 landmines 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.

    Wailing relatives gathered around bodies in the south of India. Beaches were littered with submerged cars and wrecked boats. Shanties on the coast of Madras were under water.

    "The whole area has been turned into a cemetery," Chellappa, a 55-year-old fisherman in Madras, said. Television pictures showed bodies floating in turbulent, muddy seas.

    Nightmare Stories

    Tourists had nightmare stories.

    French holidaymaker Philippe Gilbert, at a hotel near Tangalle in the south of Sri Lanka, told private channel LCI:

    "I've lost my granddaughter in all of this. I was swept away by an absolutely massive wave ... I was lucky enough to get stuck in some trees and was able to hold my breath," he said.

    "This is one of the largest earthquakes ever on record. The situation in Sri Lanka is extremely serious," Peter Rees, of the International Federation of the Red Cross in Geneva, told CNN.

    "I just couldn't believe what was happening before my eyes," Boree Carlsson said from a hotel near Phuket's Patong beach in Thailand. "As I was standing there, a car actually floated into the lobby and overturned because the current was so strong," said the 45-year-old Swede.

    "Nothing like this has ever happened in our country before," said Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand where the death toll was 310.

    "Death tolls are likely to increase over time," Titon Mitra, emergency response director for the CARE aid agency in Geneva, said. "I'm sure the numbers will go up."

    The earthquake of magnitude 8.9 as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey struck at 7:59 a.m. (00.59 a.m. British time) off Sumatra and swung north with tremors into the Andaman islands.

    A warning centre such as those used along the Pacific Rim could have saved most of the thousands of people who died, A USGS official said. "And I think this will be a lesson to them," he said, referring to the devastated countries.

    Pope John Paul said the tragedy made for a sad Christmas.

    Sri Lanka'S Worst Disaster

    Sri Lanka appealed to the world for aid, saying that one million people, or 5 percent of its population, were affected. The global Red Cross launched an immediate emergency appeal.

    India feared a devastating toll along its southeastern coast. In the state of Tamil Nadu alone, an official said at least 1,705 had been killed. Rescuers were searching for hundreds of missing fishermen and thousands were homeless.

    Television footage showed bodies, including young girls, being thrown into trucks in Madras, capital of Tamil Nadu state.

    Hundreds fled to higher ground with pots, pans and other meagre possessions. People carried bodies in hessian sacks to hospitals where dozens of dead already lined the corridors.

    In Andhra Pradesh, about 400 fishermen were feared missing and 200 Hindu devotees who had gone to the beach for a holy dip in the morning were feared dead.

    Almost 500 tourists were stranded on a rock in the sea off India's southernmost tip, witnesses said.

    In the Maldives, none of the thousands of foreign visitors holidaying in the beach paradise, was believed to have been killed although some had suffered minor injuries.

    In holiday islands off southern Thailand, emergency workers rescued about 70 Thai and foreign divers from the famed Emeral Cave and dozens were evacuated from around other islands. Two Thais were killed at Emeral cave.

    Officials said more than 600 tourists and residents were to be evacuated from Ko Phi Phi. The tiny island made famous by the 2000 film "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio was flattened.

    The Thai government ordered the evacuation of stricken coastal areas, which included popular beach resorts on the islands of Phuket and Krabi. Thousands were injured in Thailand.

    Ring Of Fire

    Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands, lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire where volcanoes regularly erupt.

    The worst affected area was Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, where 3,000 were killed. More than 200 prisoners escaped from a jail when the tsunami knocked down its walls.

    The earthquake was the world's biggest since 1964, said Julie Martinez, at the USGS in Golden, Colorado. "It is multiple earthquakes along the same faultline."

    The tsunami, meaning "harbour wave" in Japanese, was so powerful it reached across the ocean to smash boats and flood areas along the east African coast.
     
  10. FanJ

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    :'(

    Just saw it on the news
    What a disaster :'( :'( :'(

    My heart-felt feelings go out to ALL who felt victim to this.....; to them, their families and their loved ones

    Jan
     
  11. hayc59

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    All I Can Say Is WOW!!
    God Bless
     
  12. snowbound

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    A disaster of unimaginable proportion.....

    A dear friend of mine works at a hotel in Krabbe, Thailand near Phuket which i know was hit by those tidal waves. :eek:

    I pray she is ok. :'(

    God bless all the families who lost love ones or are missing.....



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  13. FanJ

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    Oooo Steve

    I hope so really very much that she is ok

    Take care my dear friend
    My thoughts are with her and you !!!!!

    ALL MY BEST WISHES
    Most warmest regards, Jan.
     
  14. snowbound

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    Thanks so much Jan for your concern...

    Iam hoping to make some kind of contact with her soon.

    Take good care,

    Your friend,


    Steve
     
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    I can't say enough about this.

    It has been estimated that 1 million people have had their drinking water contaminated and so many are lost or displaced....

    As already reported, this is the largest quake on the planet in 40 yrs.

    Our help will surely be needed.


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  16. snowbound

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    The worst has happened....

    Just talked to Poungpen's parents and they say most everything has been destroyed where their daughter is...... :'(

    No word yet on her whereabouts.





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    God help her please....... :'(



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    News tonight reports up to 16,000 killed in this disaster!!
    :'( :'( :'(
     
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    Wouldn't YOU like to know?
    And all this damage just along the coast line... Wave reached upto 1KM inside land!!!
    The wave was a complete shock to EVERYONE... as Tsunamis aren't expected in the Indian Ocean... Just in the Pacific "Ring Of Fire".....
    Sri Lanka reportedly worst hit... declared "state of disaster"
    About Rit Lakshamanan... she lives in Bangalore (mainland India), right? I think i's 700 odd kilometers from the coastlines...
     
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    Thankfully my girlfriend missed it by one day as she lives in malaysia, spoke to her this morning and the people there are still trying to find out who is missing. My prayers go out to each and every family who have been left with their lives in turmoil.
     
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    Hi Snowbound,

    What terrible news.
    I do sincerely hope she's all right. I wish you and Poungpen's family all the strenght in these difficult hours.

    Fire-Ant
     
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    Well, what about showing some deeds to go with our seasons greetings?
    NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT - People of the world unite:
    Get involved and help, please.

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  24. Smokey

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    It is so terrible, I have no words for it:'(


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  25. snowbound

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    It is now estimated at 23,000.....

    The video i've seen this morning on the news of the tsunamis is unbelieveable. :eek:

    Thank u Fire-Ant for your concerns about my dear friend. I will post as soon as i hear any news.


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