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Tidal Waves Kill More Than 3,200 in Asia (Update: Death toll now tops 11,500)
AP ^ | Sun, Dec 26, 2004

Posted on 12/26/2004 2:09:10 AM PST by Grzegorz 246

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across Asia on Sunday, killing more than 2,200 people in five countries.

Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water unleashed by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake, centered off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Government and hospital officials both in Sri Lanka and India said 1,000 people had been killed in each of those countries. More than 200 were reported killed in Indonesia, 61 in Thailand and 10 in Malaysia. Hundreds were reported missing, and the death toll was expected to rise.

The U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) said the quake was a magnitude-8.9. Geophysicist Julie Martinez said it was the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 quake hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964.

The effects of the quake reverberated throughout the region, as waves as high as 20 feet crashed into coastal villages over a wide area.

In Sri Lanka — some 1,000 miles west of the quake's epicenter — officials and hospital doctors said 1,000 people had died. They warned that the death toll was likely to rise. Military spokesman Brig. Daya Ratnayake confirmed up to 500 had died. He said a higher toll would not surprise him.

A wall of water slammed into southern India, killing about 1,000 people, mostly in Tamil Nadu state, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said.

Hospital and local officials said the death toll on Indonesia's Sumatra island was 201 people.

Communications were down in several coastal towns facing the epicenter of the undersea quake off the western coast of the island's Aceh Province, raising fears of widespread and as yet unreported damage on the island.

Martinez blamed the tidal waves on the quake.

"This is not unusual occurrence for an earthquake this size and where it's located," said geophysicist Julie Martinez.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asia; deathtoll; earthquake; india; indonesia; malaysia; srilanka; sumatraquake; thailand; tsunami
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1 posted on 12/26/2004 2:09:10 AM PST by Grzegorz 246
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To: Grzegorz 246

May God have mercy on those people.


2 posted on 12/26/2004 2:15:10 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Truth, Justice and the Texan Way)
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To: Grzegorz 246

8.9? WOW.


3 posted on 12/26/2004 2:23:13 AM PST by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: Grzegorz 246

This is BIG!


4 posted on 12/26/2004 2:24:11 AM PST by KittyKares
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To: Grzegorz 246

Sadly, early estimates in natural disasters are always underestimated. I hope that this will be an exception to the rule.


5 posted on 12/26/2004 2:32:21 AM PST by OnAMission
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To: Grzegorz 246

What a mess. Hope our interests are safe and sound out there. Anyone know what assets we have deployed in that area of the world?


6 posted on 12/26/2004 2:38:03 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: Grzegorz 246
UPDATE: More than 3,000 dead
7 posted on 12/26/2004 2:42:38 AM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: Centurion2000

May those who mourn be comforted.


8 posted on 12/26/2004 2:44:15 AM PST by MEG33 (MERRY CHRISTMAS!.....GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Glenn

Diego Garcia springs to mind, S.W. of India in the Indian Ocean. I wonder how the Seychell Islands fared?


9 posted on 12/26/2004 2:48:44 AM PST by jimtorr
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To: Grzegorz 246
BTTT

My gosh. That is a big one. I was in SF in ,89 for the 7.1 and I thought that it was BIG!!! each .1 is 10 times bigger WOW.

God Bless ...

10 posted on 12/26/2004 2:50:10 AM PST by Deetes
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To: Grzegorz 246

Here in Washington state, there are signs all over near the coast about tsunami evacuation routes.

If and when a tsunami hits, the first dude on the road will be some old geezer driving a 65 Rambler, he will make it halfway up the road before he blows a rod, and everyone behind him will be wishin they invested in a rubber raft.

They won't get hit by the tidal wave.
But about that time, Mt. St. Helens will do, as all beautiful women do on occasion, wake up with a really bad attitude.


11 posted on 12/26/2004 3:00:13 AM PST by djf
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To: djf

Doesn't Arthur C. Clarke live in Sri Lanka? Any news on how he's doing? I know he's confined to a wheelchair.


12 posted on 12/26/2004 3:03:10 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel ("Nature abhors a moron."-H.L. Mencken)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

As far as I know he still does. This area is routinely known for huge natural disasters, with the floods from the Ganges, etc.

Remember, last Christmas, something like 40,000 were killed in Bam in Iran, I was deeply struck by that politics aside, I recall seeing pictures of the fortresses and citadels there when I was a child.

My heart goes out to all of them.


13 posted on 12/26/2004 3:08:37 AM PST by djf
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To: Grzegorz 246

Not one of the 24/7 cables nor one of the majors is covering.


14 posted on 12/26/2004 3:12:37 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Grzegorz 246

I can't imagine a more terrifying natural disaster, one that knows no season and that gives you no warning cues from your immediate environment, coming out of the clear blue.


15 posted on 12/26/2004 3:15:30 AM PST by elli1
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To: leadpenny
Not one of the 24/7 cables nor one of the majors is covering.

Fox did a minute at the top of the hour. They go live at 7 am, and I suspect they will have more. Unfortunately, it's the idiot crew of the weekend Fox and Friends, so clarity will not be the watchword.

16 posted on 12/26/2004 3:17:03 AM PST by Petronski (Don't ask me about my pneumonia...it's making me very cranky.)
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To: leadpenny

I found another CNN covering it (CNN Int'l) ...it had been on regular CNN (vs. headline news) for parts of it, but then they kept going to dumb stuff like the others. I'm not sure what this is that I finally found it on (my TV guide said CTN...Country Television Network...not sure if that's it's real name) but it's the ONLY thing I've found to consistently have reporting...

I don't understand why CNN doesn't keep it on...it's not like they need to find someone to report...this guy on CNN Int'l has been reporting for almost the past three hours straight...... Very odd it's just the silly one minute on Fox and NOTHING else. This is a huge event..........................

Surely in the next half hour the majors will wake up...that's 7 on the east coast then...? Maybe?


17 posted on 12/26/2004 3:24:05 AM PST by mfccinsd
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To: Petronski

Thanks. I'm back to watching the Buckley father and son appearance from 9Dec on C-SPAN. The program was introduced as the first time they had ever appeared together on the same stage.


18 posted on 12/26/2004 3:24:21 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Deetes

I believe it is 10 times for each whole number increase.

But then I've been sneaking around the web. I found this:

http://www.geo.mtu.edu/UPSeis/intensity.html


19 posted on 12/26/2004 3:26:50 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Grzegorz 246

Send in FEMA.


20 posted on 12/26/2004 3:29:39 AM PST by snopercod (Bigger government means clinton won. Less freedom means Osama won. Get it?)
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To: Grzegorz 246

Don't want that along route 101.....


21 posted on 12/26/2004 3:29:58 AM PST by Route101
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To: mfccinsd

I would imagine there is lots of scrambling going on in Green Rooms right now. Seven AM ET does seem to be the dividing line for all of "them" to tell all of "us" what is going on.


22 posted on 12/26/2004 3:35:43 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Grzegorz 246; Admin Moderator

Change/edit article to read "3200", not "2200"

http://apnews.myway.com//article/20041226/D877A2A00.html


23 posted on 12/26/2004 4:09:31 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Grzegorz 246

Hooboy There's going to be allot of Christian missionaries from America in this, on top of it all.


24 posted on 12/26/2004 4:12:28 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Deetes

I believe every point is 10 times the energy.


25 posted on 12/26/2004 4:13:21 AM PST by DB ()
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To: DB


Below you will find general information on how local tsunamis are generated by earthquakes as well as animations, virtual reality models of tsunamis, and summaries of past research studies. The scope of tsunami research within the USGS, however, is broader than the topics covered here. USGS researchers have also provided critical research toward understanding how sediments are transported during tsunami runup (see, for example, analysis of deposits (1.8 MB) from the recent Papua New Guinea tsunami) and deciphering the geologic record of prehistoric tsunamis (for example, in the Pacific Northwest). The USGS also collaborates with the tsunami research group at NOAA. As part of this effort under the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, the USGS has upgraded the seismograph network and communication functions of the west coast tsunami warning system (termed CREST -- Consolidated Reporting of EarthquakeS and Tsunamis).

For further information select one of the topics below. Other tsunami sites are listed on the links page.


The Basics: Life of a Tsunami (56 kb)
Tsunamis in the U.S. Pacific Northwest
The 1998 Papua New Guinea Tsunami
Tsunami and Earthquake Links

http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/tsunami/



26 posted on 12/26/2004 4:18:52 AM PST by EBH (A very proud Aunt of a US Marine in Fallujah)
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To: EBH

Interesting, thank you.


27 posted on 12/26/2004 4:20:50 AM PST by DB ()
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

Let's just put it out there. :)

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Rev 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast [it] into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, [and] so great.

Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Rev 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.


28 posted on 12/26/2004 4:28:07 AM PST by TFine80
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To: leadpenny

Maldives : Fate of tens of thousands of european tourists being censored
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1308548/posts


29 posted on 12/26/2004 4:38:19 AM PST by Truth666 (http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Proof+that+at+least+one+of+two%22)
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To: TFine80

ping


30 posted on 12/26/2004 4:39:12 AM PST by southland (Send the UN to Israel so they can understand terrorism!!)
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To: TFine80

According to that, the coming "earthquake" John wrote about will be the worse ever.


31 posted on 12/26/2004 4:40:52 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: jimtorr

Same idea. Wonder how the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India weathered the tidal wave.

I was thinking of vacationing there someday, too.


32 posted on 12/26/2004 4:49:24 AM PST by gogogodzilla
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To: DB; leadpenny
Sounds about right. I know as they get bigger they get bigger, if you know what I mean. All those quakes in the Bay Area I know it was 10X .

Here in Alaska we have had 2 small quakes in the last week. Nothing near 8.9 obviously .

33 posted on 12/26/2004 4:51:13 AM PST by Deetes
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To: Deetes

I have an old Army buddy (full-blooded Aleutian) who lives have way out the chain. He says things are always shakin' out there.


34 posted on 12/26/2004 4:59:20 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

Yep, I moved from SF and thought I was out of the shake zone no way . It shakes here all the time.


35 posted on 12/26/2004 5:16:41 AM PST by Deetes
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To: leadpenny

Any idea on how long after the quake it took the tsunamis to hit? Had evacuations started?


36 posted on 12/26/2004 5:18:15 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Grzegorz 246

Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, all affected by the tidal wave, thousands killed in each location.

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&tab=wn&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=+tidal+wave&btnG=Search+News

I wonder if Diego Garcia was hit?


37 posted on 12/26/2004 5:20:54 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: Grzegorz 246

FoxNews just reported death toll at 3,500 and probably rising.


38 posted on 12/26/2004 5:23:59 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: Grzegorz 246

I can imagine quite a few fishing vessels have been caught up in the resulting tsunamis. CNN reported 40 foot waves.


39 posted on 12/26/2004 5:30:49 AM PST by csvset
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To: mewzilla

You got me, I'm still trying to convert time zones and catch up. From what I understand, these waves can move pretty fast, depending a number of variables.


40 posted on 12/26/2004 5:35:09 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny

Per FNC: According to Reuters death toll now over 6,000 with many missing.


41 posted on 12/26/2004 5:40:02 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Grzegorz 246

Reuters just reported over 6,000 dead.


42 posted on 12/26/2004 5:42:53 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Grzegorz 246

RealPlayer version of live TV news out of Thailand.

rtsp://203.147.61.37/encoder/live.rm

It is in English. General news, not just on the disaster.

MSPlayer version [but I can't get it to stay connected]

mms://203.144.166.27/nationchannel


43 posted on 12/26/2004 5:49:13 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: TomGuy

44 posted on 12/26/2004 5:50:58 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: Grzegorz 246; bd476; aculeus; Thinkin' Gal

8.9 mag, full moon alert


45 posted on 12/26/2004 5:52:37 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Admin Moderator; All

Quake, Tsunami Hit South Asia; 4,500 Feared Dead

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20041226/wl_nm/quake_dc_16


46 posted on 12/26/2004 6:06:48 AM PST by Grzegorz 246
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To: Grzegorz 246
Oooooh! Will read LATER!
47 posted on 12/26/2004 6:13:54 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: csvset

Actually if the fishermen were away from the coast far enough, they're fine. Tsunami in the open ocean are only a few inches high.


48 posted on 12/26/2004 6:24:27 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: mewzilla
Any idea on how long after the quake it took the tsunamis to hit? Had evacuations started?

I'm unaware of any evacuations taking place anywhere in the Indian Ocean. There's no tsunami warning infrastructure or network. These tsunamis hit probably 1-3 hours after the quake in most places. Places like Sri Lanka probably felt very limited shaking due to distance from the epicenter. Only warning you get is the water going out before it comes in.

49 posted on 12/26/2004 6:26:39 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist
I had a friend in New Guinea during the last huge SE Asian tsunami. The only warning you get is the blood-chilling sight of the ocean rushing backwards, turning a half-mile of undersea shelf into a long, sloping beach. After that, the water doubles back on you with jetspeed, like a moving sheet of glass. Once this quake happened, due to the poor detection infrastructure in the Indian Ocean, thousands of people on faraway coasts were already slated to die.

I'm just surprised that Thailand never developed such a system, specifically for the island of Phuket. I know that the universities in Bangkok do some inter-college seismic research, but I guess that never included sophisticated monitoring equipment in their own region. Or if it did, the communications capability was not robust enough to get the message to the people who needed it.

When we look back on this calamity, the lesson to take away is something as simple as a warning siren on the key beaches of India and Sri Lanka could have saved thousands. Though a lot of Indian fishermen look dirt-poor, in a group of them, one man will often have a cellphone. If there is a basic warning system in place, people will be able to take care of themselves.

50 posted on 12/26/2004 6:40:30 AM PST by seacapn
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