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Tsunami Discussion And Donation Thread (Retitled)
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Conard




msg:293883
 2:40 pm on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

I know at least a couple of our members are in this area.

If you have any access to the Internet and see this post from the quake area Please let us know if you are OK...

 

Essex_boy




msg:293884
 2:44 pm on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yep its in teh top five since 1900.

The death toll is up from 500 to 1500, pretty horrific

kodaks




msg:293885
 3:39 pm on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Death toll is up to 6,300:
[news.yahoo.com...]

gopi




msg:293886
 4:53 pm on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Destruction everywhere in the south indian state i am originally from ... Heard from people that the government is underreporting and the death toll may reach atleast 50,000 there!.

You know this things make you realise how tiny we really are in the hands of mother nature!

Conard




msg:293887
 6:42 pm on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thankfully I was able to get in touch with one of the member/mods here that lives in Thailand and he is fine.

The toll keeps rising, up to 9,500 now and yes it does show you how small even the largest fish is in the grand scheme of things.

Shak




msg:293888
 7:32 pm on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

our prayers to everyone out there

lots of WebmasterWorld folk down that part of the world

Shak

Rugles




msg:293889
 8:37 pm on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

I heard there was a 10 meter wave that hit the shore.

A terrible thing, my thoughts are with them.

Why do these things always happen in places that have the least resources to deal with it. Very sad.

seolancer




msg:293890
 12:06 pm on Dec 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

till now death toll is reach to 20000 people.. very sad. i have lost my couple of friends.who are in chennai and other places in Tamilnadu....as they are missing since long time..

Essex_boy




msg:293891
 12:13 pm on Dec 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Im really sorry to hear that, with a bit of luck their ok its the chaos after that results in this kind of thing happening. Lets hope they are alright.

Rugles




msg:293892
 4:21 pm on Dec 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Don't give up hope just yet, I understand it is very hard to comunicate in the affected areas.

snowman




msg:293893
 11:22 pm on Dec 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

<snip>

[neic.usgs.gov...]

July 27 1976, Tangshan, China earthquake 255,000 dead by official accounts.

Quake measured 7.5 on Richter scale.

Estimated death toll as high as 655,000.

[edited by: lawman at 3:10 am (utc) on Dec. 28, 2004]
[edit reason] Foo Charter Violation [/edit]

gopi




msg:293894
 12:04 am on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

I request all the kind hearts in WebmasterWorld to donate as much as they can for the victims .

One good way to donate online is through the international redcrosss website .Thanks

[ifrc.org...]

Visit Thailand




msg:293895
 2:57 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

The pictures on TV just get worse and worse. The most frightening images I have ever seen.

I was in Bangkok and did not feel anything, have been glued to the TV ever since.

Hope everyone here is well whether you live in the area or were there on holiday etc.

EDIT IN

Just to be picky but they weren't tidal waves but Tsunami CNN taught me the difference.

Essex_boy




msg:293896
 4:05 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Daily Telegraph reckons 25000 dead at least.

Not good.

kodaks




msg:293897
 6:23 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

60000!?!
[drudgereport.com...]

Rugles




msg:293898
 6:47 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

The toll is bound to continue rising as the rescuers get to the remote villages and islands. This disaster is different because of the large number of countries involved. Add to it all the tourists, you get dozens of nations affected.

I have posted a link to the red cross on a couple of websites, I encourage others to do the same for the next few days.

benevolent001




msg:293899
 7:37 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

just imagine this

cool bright sunday morning early 6:30s
On the sea beach...
children playing with there pets... dogs ......daily joggers walking and excercising......sea beach full of people as its sunday and its hoiday...and suddenly a 150 feet high wave comes ........gushes every thing which comes in its way.....takes every one who was on the beach into the .....sea...ruining every thing whatever coming into its way.......and ..

Essex_boy




msg:293900
 8:23 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

I dont think words can put this into perspective.

greenleaves




msg:293901
 8:27 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

My best whishes to everyone who was affected by this horror.

Milamber




msg:293902
 2:31 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

I heard on the radio this morning that they're expecting numbers to hit 100,000-120,000 in the days to come.

boredguru




msg:293903
 2:41 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Being from Chennai, i was quite surprised to see this thread.

Yup it was horrible. Me , my friends and fiancee where on its direct path. We had gone to our friends beach house to celebrate one of our friends birthday on 25th. We partied and lots of them crashed by 3 AM 26th. I and three more friends went and sat on the beach around 4 am and kept enjoying out drinks. We watched the sunrise and at around 7 Am called it quits to join the rest of our sleeping friends. One of my friends took the beach buggy and went for a long ride. 15 min after he returned the sea started rising up coming till the walls. My Fiancee woke me up, I staggered to the tree house which overlooked the sea. I could see the sea water right till the wall. (The wall was around 100 ft away from the beach). And as i was tired i just went back to sleep!
And around 9:30 a tidal wave managed to crash through, destroying the wall that was 8 ft high and almost a feet thick!.
By then everyone was awake and we made a beeline to the gate which was around 1/2 KM away from the sea. We stopped there and started having our own picnic. I logged on to the net and learned about the quakes.

We thought the worst was over when another wave came crashing through ripping away whatever wall was remaining and carrying along with it boulders and stones used to construct the wall. A few of my friends who had been too overconfident to venture into the sea where frantically trying to get away from the wave.

luckily they managed too and the wave stopped some 50 ft away from the gate where we had camped.

After it receded we went to check on what had been damaged. We found stones, debris and half a feet of mud covering the whole place.

A few fishermen from the nearby fishing hamlet came and told of how 20 kids from their community were swept away. The Beach house is just 1/2 Km away from a 5 star beach resort called the Fisherman's Cove. Seems one of my friend's friend lost his wife and two children there. Apparently they were holidaying there. And the mother had decided to take the kids to the beach for playing there. They were swept off.

We hurried home from there. I went home to check that everything was alright (My house too is close to the beach) Luckily my locality was spared with only structural damage to houses on the coast. But again in the nearby fishing hamlet the story was the same as one near the beach house.

But luckily none of whom i knew were injured. The thing was the majority of the people, and when i say the majority i mean around 95% , were from the fishing hamlets. Bodies were strewn everywhere on the second biggest sea in the world, The Marina.

That night i sent everyone on my house (my aged granmom, sis and mom & Pop) to my fiancee house which is quite far from the sea. Stayed back to keep a check.

But the death toll in chennai is not as high as people here stated. In chennai around 1500 to 2000 max. The thing is, the maximum the wave came inland was 1/2 a KM in deserted places and were stopped within a 100 mt in populated places. The height of the wave was 12-20ft. And after impact they would have come to the shoulder level max.

The deaths were in my opinion a charecterstic of our inpreparedness and failure of advanced warning. Considering the fact that waves never came inland like it did in Indonesia (6 km) the no of dead is too high.

Most of the people dead were kids and aged persons who could not have fought the waves.

This is going to be a sad New Year indeed. But i still thank god that it could have been worse. Coz if waves had struck here as the way they did in Indonesia, the count would have been a hundred fold higher.

And already jobless people tucked away safe in their houses far away from the sea have started spreading rumors.

I receive atleast a msg a day stating that There was a earth quake in Australia, china etc etc and that there is a impending tsunami 100 ft high and advicing us to get out of its path, or that of an impending earthquake. Every time I check on the net to confirm the story only to find they are baseless rumors. But still people are pretty tensed up to believe it and abandon their house.

It will take a long time for things to settle down completely here. But things are starting to settle down.

gopi




msg:293904
 4:32 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Vanakkam BoredGuru, Happy to hear that you are safe!

Milamber




msg:293905
 5:04 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Glad to hear that you're safe.

And already jobless people tucked away safe in their houses far away from the sea have started spreading rumors.

I receive atleast a msg a day stating that There was a earth quake in Australia, china etc etc and that there is a impending tsunami 100 ft high and advicing us to get out of its path, or that of an impending earthquake. Every time I check on the net to confirm the story only to find they are baseless rumors. But still people are pretty tensed up to believe it and abandon their house.


This kind of thing just disgusts me to no end.

boredguru




msg:293906
 5:05 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Vanakkam Gopi
were you here?

***************
Glad to know you are safe
***************

Me too!

giggle




msg:293907
 5:17 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm glad to hear a story with a happy ending boredguru.

So far eight kids who go to my daughters school here in Bangkok are known to have died in southern Thailand.

I went to give blood at the Chula hospital and they said "no thanks". There has been such a reaction to the disaster that they have enough blood!

gopi




msg:293908
 5:47 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

>> were you here?

No , i was not there but heard stories from friends in chennai! ...

Anyway glad that you are safe and wish you a prosperous and fun filled 2005

2oddSox




msg:293909
 12:30 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

It's tragic beyond words. And to think that a year ago exactly, 30,000 people in Iran were killed by an earthquake. Dec 26 is not a good day in history.

A couple of friends who were caught up in it all have just returned from the area and were interviewed by the local paper. One of them commented that while they were lucky to survive, they were also fortunate that they could just leave and go home. The surviving locals in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia etc. are far less fortunate. A sobering thought.

Visit Thailand




msg:293910
 2:50 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

I know some people here were planning to travel to Asia in the near future. May I ask have your plans changed and if so how and why?

I realise why might be a strange question but there are many parts of Asia which are unaffected.

Ps. Why is this thread not in the Active thread?

lawman




msg:293911
 3:02 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

"No Active" is the default in Foo.

pendanticist




msg:293912
 4:07 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'd go anyway. If the locale was good enough for me to spend my disposable income on initially, it is just as worthy of my support post-disaster.

Laura and I have made our donation, yet I could hardly see thru my tears as I plugged in the information. Not so much knowing I was helping as it was the feeling I have that we can ONLY do this much...

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