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  • wow (Score:2, Informative)

    by scapermoya (769847) *
    This really puts the disaster into perspective, im shocked.
    • Re:wow (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Gentlewhisper (759800) on Friday December 31, 2004 @07:16AM (#11226712)
      Current death tolls approaching 130k people.

      If you thought 9/11 was big think again, we are talking about FOUR HUNDRED 9/11s here.
      • Re:wow (Score:3, Insightful)

        I've said it before, I'll say it again.

        It's a natural disaster. A large one, to be sure, but the Colombia volcano in 1985 killed around 25,000, Mont Pelee in 1902 killed 25,000, and let's not forget the Tangshan earthquake in 1976, which killed between 250,000 and 650,000 people. There's a qualitative difference between something that happened because Mother Nature got titchy, and something that humans planned and carried out.

        Different. You can't compare them on the same scale.
        • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 31, 2004 @08:41AM (#11226996)
          WWI: 16-18 million.
          WWII: 40 million.

          On a single day in the American Civil War, approximately 30,000 men were killed.

          Feel free to dispute those figures, they vary from source to source. You'll not escape the orders of magnitude.

          That's what war is like in the age of modern machinery. 9/11 was murder, not war.
      • Not to nitpick about loss of life, but that's only forty 9/11s, not four hundred.

        Although I agree, it's an awful loss.

        The worst is that a lot of these deaths could have been prevented. But then, no one can predict mother nature.
      • Re:wow (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Ilgaz (86384)
        9/11: Terrorists
        Iraq: USA
        This one: Nature
      • Re:wow (Score:3, Interesting)

        by garethwi (118563)
        If you thought 9/11 was big think again, we are talking about FOUR HUNDRED 9/11s here.

        Or one Iraq War, so far.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 31, 2004 @08:57AM (#11227029)
      The sattelite images show the extent of damage, but remains impersonal. This picture graphically shows the actual devastation and number of deaths..

      http://img145.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img145&image=ruumi ita4ft.jpg [img145.exs.cx]
  • Cisco (Score:2, Interesting)

    by sjrstory (839289) *
    Even Cisco [cisco.com] has posted Earthquake and Tsunami Relief on their main page. I guess a good chunk of their CCIEs are affected by this :)
  • Tsunami (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 31, 2004 @07:00AM (#11226660)
    This is simply amazing. I think that every so often Mother Nature decides she needs to show everyone who's boss, a sort of bitchslap to bring the nations of the world together; if only for a little while.
    • Re:Tsunami (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      If anyone wants to know more about what "Mother Nature" did then I would recommend the wiki entry [wikipedia.org]

    • by Hobadee (787558)
      ...President Bush and his International coalition (of which the next largest nation is contributing half of what we are) has just added Mother Nature to his axis of evil, saying that she is helping terrorists, as well as committing terrorist acts herself. Bush has given Mother Nature an ultimatum, telling her to leave this planet within the next 24 hours or we will declare war on her. It is expected that Mother Nature will stay and fight, but looks as if this will be another victory by the Bush administra
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 31, 2004 @07:01AM (#11226661)

    it's worth noting that the pictures show Kalutara, a town about 25 miles south of Colombo, and situated on the west coast of Sri Lanka, which pretty much escaped major damage and loss of life compared to the the south and eastern coastlines.

    Flooding caused at least 40 deaths in Kalutara, though...

  • Are you stingy? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 31, 2004 @07:03AM (#11226674)
    Yep. [nytimes.com]
  • I'm a bit confused by the Kalutara series, it appears to show a LOT more beach, but no damage to the buildings. Could this be in that few minutes when the water level dropped before the tsunami hit?

    Or is Kalutara not in the direct path and this is after-effect on non-direct impact sites?
  • A couple more images (Score:5, Informative)

    by centipetalforce (793178) on Friday December 31, 2004 @07:06AM (#11226688)
    http://eobglossary.gsfc.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImage s/images.php3?img_id=16774 [nasa.gov]Very
    http://eobglossary.gsfc.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImage s/images.php3 [nasa.gov]Devastating
    If you donated to lokitorrent but not this, I don't know what to say to you...
  • by YITBOS (842292) <joseph.w.smith@g[ ]l.com ['mai' in gap]> on Friday December 31, 2004 @07:06AM (#11226690)
    It's almost disgusting to see how much the color of the water changed... it's bad enough they have hundred upon hundreds of bodies lying around rotting, but the water looks disgusting even from the sky... just imagine the smell. I wonder how long it will take, with all the flooding and then the following withdrawl of the water, before it's a nice, clean blue ocean beach again?
    • by Malc (1751) on Friday December 31, 2004 @08:15AM (#11226902)
      Have you thought that perhaps most of that discolouration is no more than just sediment such as top soil? It isn't necessarily related to human activity at all.

      If I were there, smell would be the least of my worries. I'd be more concerned about things such as cholera, and other miscellaneous tropical diseases and the general environment that means even a simple scratch can become life threatening.
  • Videos (Score:5, Informative)

    by Vicsun (812730) on Friday December 31, 2004 @07:11AM (#11226703)
    Here [contemporaryinsanity.org] you can find videos of the tsunami captured by tourists.
    Here [blogspot.com] you can find torrents of said videos in case the original site dies under the load.
  • Helping (Score:5, Informative)

    by gregbaker (22648) on Friday December 31, 2004 @07:22AM (#11226734) Homepage
    Perhaps this would be a good time to donate to the Red Cross [redcross.org]? (US [redcross.org], Canadian [redcross.ca], others [google.ca])

    The Canadian one, at least, is a fast online credit-card donation. You can print out your tax receipt right away. (hey, before midnight gets it in for this tax year, right?)

    Or, there are plenty of other organizations [usaid.gov] that would be happy to receive a donation.

  • by asliarun (636603) on Friday December 31, 2004 @08:18AM (#11226917)
    Speaking as an Indian, a big heartfelt THANKS for all of you who've empathised with the tragedy and have helped the rescue efforts. It's in trying times like these that one's faith in humanity is restored.

    Thankfully, in spite of Indian bureacracy being well Indian bureaucracy, rescue and rehabilitation efforts are going on VERY effectively. An enormous number of people in India, be it the government, armed forces, or even the common woman/man is pitching in. Most companies here have setup collection boxes and at the very least, we're donating medicines, soaps, toothbrushes, disinfectants, clothes, utensils, non-perishable food items etc. There's also an army of volunteers who's landed in the disaster struck areas with truckloads of donated stuff and are distributing it to the needy.

    Strangely enough, it seems that too many clothes are being donated! A friend of mine is physically helping out with the rescue efforts and he tells me that there's piles and piles of clothes lying around but of little use to anybody. Well, i guess too much help is always better than too little help.

    Another thing that amazes me is the resilience of the common man or woman. Here are people living on the edge of poverty, getting hammered everyday with issues like eking out an existence. Perhaps they've scrounged and saved enough to get their daughters married, hidden a few hundred rupees in a hole in the wall. Perhaps they've just bought a shiny new radio or a bicycle. What do they wake up to? A tsunami that takes away their children, their friends, and everything they own. What do they do? Shrug it off eventually and mark it off as karma, god's will, or god's punishment depending on their religion (no, most poor Indians cannot afford the luxuries of athesim or agnosticism). Then, they take it one day at a time and slowly start rebuilding their lives.

    You want to see miracles, mental strength, and the answer to life, the universe, and everything? You don't have to look far in times like these.
  • by xpeeblix (701114) on Friday December 31, 2004 @08:31AM (#11226958)
    While there there has been an International Tsunami Warning system [noaa.gov] in place since 1965, the affected countries were not part of that system and had no mechanism in place to allow for early warning.

    NPR [npr.org] has a few [npr.org] good [npr.org] reports [npr.org] on the problem.

    Cringely [pbs.org] has a rather interesting solution that does not rely on governmental action, though with a serious flaw. It only relies on earthquake data, which isn't necessarily conclusive, nor the only cause of Tsunami's.
    • I was reading something earlier about this, and that such a warning system would not be wanted because it could potentially scare off tourists, thus causing financial losses for the areas tourism industry.
    • It is misleading to describe it as an "international" tsunami warning system as that gives the perception it's reach is wider than the pacific basin.
  • by Aggrajag (716041) on Friday December 31, 2004 @08:36AM (#11226970)
    Most (all?) of the official New Year celebrations and fireworks have been cancelled. The money will be given to aid helping those who suffered from the tsunami.

    At the moment there are more than 200 Finns and over 2000 Swedes missing and most likely all of them are dead. To see things in perspective: Finland has a population of 5.2 million, Sweden around 9 million. Everyone with basic math skills can calculate what that would mean if it had happened for tourists from US.
    • by XenonDif (670717) on Friday December 31, 2004 @09:01AM (#11227042)
      Meanwhile, Bush is planning to spend $30-$40 million in lavish inaguration festivities [timesonline.co.uk].
    • Yeah, it pretty much the same deal in Norway. Various official fireworks have been cancelled, and officials are encouraging people to donate the money relief charities that they otherwise would have spent on expensive fireworks.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 31, 2004 @08:43AM (#11227000)
    ...or make poor tsunami jokes when there were no pictures that showed the magnitude of the tragedy.

    Seeing the BBC report that showed the young coupld silently carrying their two dead children and seeing the picture of the beach covered with debris -- and then realizing the "debris" consisted of human bodies -- brings the point home that real humans suffered a real tragedy halfway across the world.

    Damn, I'm getting tears in my eyes just remembering those pictures.
  • by spoonyfork (23307) <spoonyfork@gmai l . c om> on Friday December 31, 2004 @09:33AM (#11227182) Journal
    Lots of images and video of the tsunami and aftermath at http://www.waveofdestruction.org/ [waveofdestruction.org].

  • Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 22:04:31 -0200
    From: Futurepower [futurepower_usa (-AT-) yahoo.com.br]
    To: "U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center" [sedas (-AT-) neis.cr.usgs.gov]
    Subject: NEIC: Why didn't you warn about the Tsunamis?

    Question:

    I haven't seen this discussed anywhere.

    Why didn't the NEIC call the U.S. State Department, so that they could warn people about the Tsunamis?

    The earthquake position and magnitude was known 6 hours before the waves arrived in Thailand, I understand. Wouldn't almost every person's life have been saved if Thailand, for example, had had warning?

    Michael

    _____________


    Reply:

    Michael,

    Phone calls were placed to the State Department operations center, the White House situation room, the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, as well as several other organizations within 90 minutes of the occurrance of this earthquake.

    The problem is the absence of local warning systems in the countries surrounding the Indian Ocean. There were no systems or response plans in place to warn the local populace.

    Stuart Sipkin
    USGS/NEIC

    _____________


    Stuart,

    I have a suggestion for a local tsunami warning system. There continues to be an enormous amount of earthquake activity in the area around Indonesia. It seems likely that there will be another big earthquake. Next time there is an earthquake that is likely to cause a tsunami, call me, any time of night or day. I will promise to call at least 30 hotels within 2 hours. I will promise to get 10 friends involved. They will promise to call 30 hotels each, also. We would each take a different country.

    My suggestion is that we would use Google to find hotels, for example in Sri Lanka [google.com.br]. This is one of the hotels I found there, a 5-star hotel with more than 400 rooms:

    Galadari Hotel
    The Businessman's Home in Sri Lanka
    64, Lotus Road,
    Colombo 1.
    Sri Lanka.
    Tel: 94-1-544544
    Fax: 94-1-449875
    E-Mail: galadari (-AT-) sri.lanka.net

    "The Galadari Hotel is in the heart of the city in Colombo, over looking the beautiful Indian ocean."

    Big hotels answer their phones 24 hours a day. Presumably there is a staff of at least 200 at that hotel, for three shifts. I think if one person were told, everyone else would know soon. They don't want their family and friends and neighbors near the water to die, and they know how to reach them, even if they have to ride a motorbike to those who don't have phones.

    There are two easy ways to prove that a call about an earthquake is not a hoax. I would tell the person who answered the phone that it is an emergency and I need to talk to a manager. I would tell the manager to check the USGS web site at http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ [usgs.gov]. Any 5-Star hotel, and most others of any size, have internet access. I would also tell the manager that, if the water at the beach receded, people had only a few minutes to get to safety. I would ask the manager to get staff members to call radio and TV stations in their area.

    You said in your message, "The problem is the absence of local warning systems in the countries surrounding the Indian Ocean. There were no systems or response plans in place to warn the local populace."

    It seems to me that this is a workable plan for a local tsunami warning system. It wouldn't cost much. Using Skype [skype.com], a two minute call to any land line phone in Sri Lanka is about 40 U.S. cents, for example. Using iConnectHere [iconnecthere.com]'s most expensive service, a two minute call is 80 cents.
    • 1) USGS knew there was an earthquake, but not a tsunami. Plus they *did* make the calls to the appropriate people specified in their operations plan.

      2) Had you called a hotel with such a warning they would have called you a kook (or whatever the word for kook is in the various languages) and hung up.

      3) Even had it worked, way to go you just saved all the tourists lives but the natives would have still suffered horribly as most of the areas hit were not tourist attractions. I life saced is a life saved
  • by sunsrin (842762) on Friday December 31, 2004 @10:53AM (#11227586) Homepage
    in the last seven days here [usgs.gov]. The Andaman and Nicobar islands has experienced more than 60 aftershocks !
    In related news [telegraphindia.com], the tsunami split one of the islands in Andaman & Nicobar into two. Here is what one of the officials say ..

    Another island, Trinkat, appears to have been split in two, said S.B. Deol, inspector-general of Andaman and Nicobar. "Part of the island has been submerged, while one half is visible," he said.
  • by antdude (79039) on Friday December 31, 2004 @12:13PM (#11228097) Homepage Journal
    Not an aerial map, but still related to tsunami event. link [compfused.com].

    Warning: Very gross and disturbing!
  • Composite images (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AstroDrabb (534369) on Friday December 31, 2004 @12:22PM (#11228138)
    The images look a lot more powerful when you stack two in layers and set the top layer transparency to around 80%. You can really see all the homes under water. I put some together here [nyud.net]
  • Please donate (Score:4, Informative)

    by rsax (603351) on Friday December 31, 2004 @04:40PM (#11229864)
    If you are worried that your donations won't reach the right people then consider donating to CARE [care.org]. They seem to have some of the lowest administration costs [careusa.org] among relief agencies. Over 90% goes to affected victims.

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