Giant Quake kills over 16,000 people (latest: over 118,000)

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Giant Quake kills over 16,000 people (latest: over 118,000)

Post by Rubel Colus » Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:30 am

Oh meh, I am sooooo close to the epicentre of the quake - I am from Singapore and we're very very lucky to be protected by surrounding countries such as Indonesia, the tsunami probably could've covered the WHOLE of Singapore if not for Indonesia... but many countries around us had been hit. :cry:

I hope everyone from the forum is safe... :|

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More than 14,000 people are now known to have died after a massive underwater earthquake sent giant waves crashing into coastlines across southern Asia.

Global aid teams have joined the effort to find the thousands still missing and to bring help to the hurt and homeless.

The toll from the disaster is set to spiral in the worst-hit areas of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Thailand.

The 9.0 magnitude quake - the worst in the world for 40 years - struck under the Indian Ocean off western Indonesia.


It generated a wall of water that sped across thousands of kilometres of sea.

Earlier readings by the US Geological Survey had given a magnitude of 8.9 for the quake but this was raised after further tests.

In the early hours of Monday, fresh tremors were detected near the Indonesian island of Sumatra, sparking warnings from Indian and Sri Lankan weather officials of further, smaller tidal surges.

More than 4,440 people have died in Indonesia, 4,850 in Sri Lanka and 4,270 in India.

Casualty figures are rising over a wide area, including resorts in Sri Lanka and Thailand packed with holidaymakers.

Exact numbers of people killed, injured or missing in the countries hit, are impossible to confirm.

Hundreds are still thought to be missing from coastal regions. In Sri Lanka alone, officials say more than a million people have been forced from their homes.


Military equipment and personnel have been enlisted to manage relief efforts in a number of stricken countries.

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga declared a national disaster and the military has been deployed to help rescue efforts.

Hundreds of fishermen are missing off India's southern coast, and there are reports of scores of bodies being washed up on beaches.

In Indonesia, communications remain difficult, particularly to the strife-torn region of Aceh where the main quake, early on Sunday morning, was followed by nine aftershocks. Reports speak of bodies being recovered from trees.

The Indian-owned Andaman and Nicobar islands, much nearer the epicentre, were also badly hit.

Casualty reports could not be officially confirmed, but a police chief told reporters 1,000 people had died and another 700 were feared dead.

A national disaster has been announced in the low-lying Maldives islands, more than 2,500km (1,500 miles) from the quake's epicentre, after they were hit by severe flooding.

Waves forced out from the earthquake are even reported to have reached Somalia, on the east coast of Africa.

And as far away as the Seychelles, nine people were reported missing as a two-metre surge struck.


Sri Lanka has appealed for international aid to ease the crisis
Messages of condolences have poured in from around the world.

US President George W Bush offered aid to affected nations and expressed sorrow for the "terrible loss of life and suffering".

Harrowing reports of people caught in the devastation and dramatic tales of escape are emerging.

"I heard an eerie sound that I have never heard before. It was a high pitched sound followed by a deafening roar," a 55-year-old Indian fishermen who gave his name as Chellappa told Reuters news agency.

"I told everyone to run for their life."


I have many friends on this beach and we have already found one dead. I am sure there will be many more

Tony Bridges,
Phuket, Thailand

Sunday's tremor - the fifth strongest since 1900 - had a particularly widespread effect because it seems to have taken place just below the surface of the ocean, analysts say.

Experts say tsunamis generated by earthquakes can travel at up to 500km/h.

Survivors and rescuers are battling through the devastation left by sea surges that killed more than 15,000 people on Asia's southern shores.
Mass graves are being dug even as families search desperately for missing relatives and soldiers recover bodies washed high into trees.


Death toll:

Sri Lanka: 5,880
India: 5,279
Indonesia: 4,448
Thailand: 461
Malaysia: 44
Maldives: 32
Bangladesh: 2
Myanmar: 1

Total: 16,147


GIANT EARTHQUAKES
1960 - Chile, 9.5 magnitude
1964 - Alaska, 9.2
1957 - Alaska, 9.1
1952 - Russia, 9.0
2004 - Indonesia, 9.0
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Post by Kuruni » Mon Dec 27, 2004 12:33 pm

I'm in Thailand... While I'm as fine as alway (of cause). My cousin just lost his business on Phi Phi islands :( , at least he's safe.

Grandson of King was gone too...
Justice will never lose!

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Post by ShinDVDz » Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:05 pm

Damn, when I first found out (yesterday morning), I was basically speechless. Cause some of my friend's relavtives live in those areas, so I need to call him up later and ask him about it.
Then again, there's really not much we CAN say...it's such a tragic event. But doesn't anyone else find it weird that there were a bunch of other weird crap happening yesterday and the day before as well?

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Post by Altron » Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:23 am

That sucks that your cousin lost his business.

I'm fine. I live in America, so I'm nowhere close to the epicenter of the tsunami.

People in the 'States knew this was coming, and we warned people, but the problem was, in places where the tsunami hit hardest, there was no way to nationally broadcast an evacuation order. The loss of life could have significantly been decreased if people had a way to know what was happening ahead of time.

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Post by Rubel Colus » Tue Dec 28, 2004 5:59 am

Kuruni wrote:I'm in Thailand... While I'm as fine as alway (of cause). My cousin just lost his business on Phi Phi islands :( , at least he's safe.

Grandson of King was gone too...
Good to hear that you and your cousin are safe. I heard Phi Phi islands was hit real bad, more than 300 dead, many of them foreign tourists. And yes, I was shocked by the news of the Thai King's grandson. :cry: I heard he was surfing? Haiz...

Death toll already passed 23,000, predicted to hit 45,000. Indonesian death toll could reach 25,000 Sri Lanka already past 12,000

Malaysian 60 killed
Singapore 4 reported dead (a 13-yr old who was in South India; a 3 yr-old, and 2 women in Phuket) 450 likely on holiday in Phuket, Thailand.
Australia 6 confirmed dead, 11 still missing
Over 700 foreigners among the dead in Thailand.

The waves triggered by the quake were so powerful that the destruction reached the shores of Africa about 7,000 kilometres (4,000 miles) away, killing more than 100 Somali fishermen.

More waves are expected from aftershocks. Also, diseases expected to be spread and kill even more people.


As for the early warning system, there was none in place becoz it is considered very rare, the last time there was a big tsunami in the Indian Ocean was in 1833.

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Post by Temjin » Tue Dec 28, 2004 1:09 pm

It's very sad indeep, I don't know what to say or think about it. The numbers listing and all the little details is kind the strange().

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Post by Rubel Colus » Wed Dec 29, 2004 2:17 am

yeah, i know what u mean. These little numbers we see on our screen - each of them represents a life lost. :cry:

Death toll is now past 63,000. Overall death toll could surpass 100,000, with many still missing.

So powerful was the quake that the planet wobbled slightly and the area around Indonesia has been permanently altered.

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An earthquake that unleashed deadly tidal waves on Asia was so powerful it made the Earth wobble on its axis and permanently altered the regional map, US geophysicists said Monday.

The 9.0-magnitude temblor that struck 250 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of Sumatra island Sunday may have moved small islands as much as 20 meters (66 feet), according to one expert.

"That earthquake has changed the map," US Geological Survey expert Ken Hudnut told Agence France-Presse.

"Based on seismic modeling, some of the smaller islands off the southwest coast of Sumatra may have moved to the southwest by about 20 meters. That is a lot of slip."

The northwestern tip of the Indonesian territory of Sumatra may also have shifted to the southwest by around 36 meters (120 feet), Hudnut said.
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Post by Lalasa » Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:33 am

I've got family and friends in Thailand. Some are dead. Some are missing, presumed dead. I live in America now, but I feel guilty as all hell. I spent most of my holiday packing personal hygiene stuff, medical supplies, toys, clothes, tools and other stuff and still, everyday I wonder and hope the number doesn't rise anymore.

I'm glad you're alright Colus and Kuruni.

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Post by Rubel Colus » Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:58 am

Lalasa wrote:I've got family and friends in Thailand. Some are dead. Some are missing, presumed dead. I live in America now, but I feel guilty as all hell. I spent most of my holiday packing personal hygiene stuff, medical supplies, toys, clothes, tools and other stuff and still, everyday I wonder and hope the number doesn't rise anymore.

I'm glad you're alright Colus and Kuruni.

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I'm so sorry, my condolences. So many people are affected. :cry:

And worse of all, its the holiday season and people from all over the world were around these tourists spots. :cry:
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