Tsunami Kills Thousands

Jeez, biggest earthquake in 40 years (8.9) and the death toll is sky rocketing. 9,000 right now, and that’s just going to get higher becauese there are huge stretches of coastline is about six countries that just got washed out to sea. Not just villagers and fishermen, either, as those places tend to be packed with thousands of tourists.

My folks are going to Thailand next year, but my mom is now freaking out, because Thailand got hit hard, though nowhere as bad as Sumatra or Sri Lanka, apparently.

I heard on the radio this morning that among the hundreds missing are the divers who would have been out early in the morning. Jeeze, what must that have been like? You’re under water during an 8.9 earthquake and then a tsunami rolls over you?

I would imagine your folks will be able to get a pretty cheap deal now. :(

-Tom

I’ve got a friend in the Peacecorp in Thailand, I wonder if she’s like, alive. I have no idea what part she was in or how to contact her really though.

My parents are going to Thailand in the beginning of next year. So crass as it might sound, I’m glad it happened now and not then.

Thailand didn’t get hit too hard. It looks like it was on the other side of Sumatra from the earthquake, so the Indonesians soaked up most of the energy. It was Sumatra and Sri Lanka that got the direct hits, and they really took a thumping.

One of the strangest things is the type of waves hitting the countries. I always think of Tsunamis as being these enormous waves, but from what I’ve been hearing on the news most of the damage was caused by a Tsunamis that just washed over the land like a tide that was rising rapidly, but never stopped, rather than 30 foot surfer type waves. I think the highest waves were about 1.5 meters, which aren’t even as tall as me.

Disclaimer: I’m just picking stuff up from CNN in my hotel room, so I might not have things 100% correct.

As a matter of slight interest: I was travelling through Java the time of the last tsunami to hit Indonesia in 1994. A big one hit the east coast of the island the day before I passed through on a bus destined for Bali, killing several hundred people. I’d never seen such devastation before, but then again Indonesian showed me a whole lot that I’d never seen before, so by the time I saw the aftermath of a tsunami I was almost blaze about it. Almost.

Current death toll is at 11,000 for Sri Lanka alone.

Altogether about 24,000 so far in all regions. Of course, it’ll end up being even more than that.

Someone got picks at one place.

Look at this pick
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and this one
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Here are the rest of them.
http://www.pbase.com/issels/phuket_tsunami&page=1

Good to see everyone helping:

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=13637781

Upgraded to the magic 9.0:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqinthenews/2004/usslav/

http://www.command-post.org/nk/2_archives/018256.html

a list that’s being updated with programs providing relief.

The news here this morning said some locations reported 20-foot waves hitting the shore. That may not seem all that high either, until you consider that wave hitting a shore line that usually never experiences waves above a few feet. The result was the a strong surge of water across roads, buildings, etc. I forget what it takes to float an average size car, but I think it’s at most a couple feet of water. So imagine a 20-foot surge across a crowded highway. Devastating.

The really strange thing about tsunamis is that near the epicenter, in deep water, they would be hardly noticeable, maybe a few inches high, but traveling incredibly fast. Then they build rapidly as they hit the shallows.

Found a pretty intense video that was posted on the SA forums. It looks like a fast Storm Surge, the video is actually taken from about ground level.

http://www.dagbladet.no/download/tsunamiphuket.wmv

Holy shit, those two old guys hanging on… man.

Chet

Depends on what part of Thailand. Bangkok really isn’t effected.

I am in Thailand up north (Chiang Mai). I didn’t even know anything bad had happened until a friend called me to see if I was alive. There are folks running around doing blood drive kinds of stuff now…

3 days so far.

3 of my friends narrowly escaped.

1 was on a boat in langkawi when they noticed the water level dipping, quickly headed back to shore, but of course Malaysia wasn’t hit as hard.

1 was out specimen hunting in Thailand, slept late, survived simply by being on hill research station; now helping out in the relief efforts.

1 took a plane out from her home village in Sri Lanka Saturday night. I think that’s all i can really say about her without being… Oh crap, for her i have no words. She lost family…

The news here this morning said some locations reported 20-foot waves hitting the shore. That may not seem all that high either, until you consider that wave hitting a shore line that usually never experiences waves above a few feet. The result was the a strong surge of water across roads, buildings, etc. I forget what it takes to float an average size car, but I think it’s at most a couple feet of water. So imagine a 20-foot surge across a crowded highway. Devastating.

The really strange thing about tsunamis is that near the epicenter, in deep water, they would be hardly noticeable, maybe a few inches high, but traveling incredibly fast. Then they build rapidly as they hit the shallows.[/quote]

I had also heard that they were travelling at 500mph by the time they reached the shore. People had gathered to watch some bigger waves and could certainly not get away in time.

It is all so sad. 40,000 people. 40 to 50% were children. Yuck.

Getting forbidden, anybody got a link that still works?

http://people.clemson.edu/~schmidt/ftpdump/tsunamiphuket.wmv

Some good news here at least.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6761951/

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Not sure which emoticon to use. We don’t have one for “innapropriate humor.”