View Full Version : 8.9 earthquake and tsunami ravage South Asia

26-12-04, 09:42
Breaking News
A M 8.9 tremor near northen Sumatra in Indonesia causes several tidal waves as far as India and Sri Lanka. Over 200 people are already reported dead from the tsunami.

This is one of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in South-East Asia.

Frank D. White
26-12-04, 16:22
our members from those areas are OK! I imagine their communications with the internet and the Forum will be interrupted.The news pictures show a lot of damage and the number of dead will probably not be known for a long time.
Amazing the power Mother Nature can dish out!



Rio Lee
26-12-04, 16:47
42 Malaysian killed :( , but in Sri Langka around 2150 people were killed >_<.
can feel the shock even here >_<

26-12-04, 17:30
Oh, my God, the death count is rising every minute!!

Japanese news reported at least 10 Japanese tourists missing in Phuket, Thailand.

My prayers for safety of everyone in this forum... :kanashii:

26-12-04, 22:20
My brother is in Thailand right now but thank goodness he isn't near the disaster area...

27-12-04, 02:34
The death toll is up to 11.500.

=> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4126971.stm

A scientist in Indonesia points to a seismograph reading - the earthquake with a 8.9 magnitude is the biggest for 40 years.

27-12-04, 05:07
now up to 12,300! and still growing

Dream Time
27-12-04, 06:06
please make cash donations to the Red Cross


27-12-04, 06:28
This is bad.....real bad......
amazing that news in the US are reporting it, too.....it took them a few days to realize the last major earthquake in Iran because they were too focused on Iraq....

Rio Lee
27-12-04, 07:27
Tolls up to 13,000
Sri Lanka - 6,000
India - 4,000
Indonesia - 4,400
Thai - 430, hundreds missing
Maldives + Malaysia + Bangladesh = more than 100 killed, hundreds reported missing..

Man, this is really scary, and it was so damn close to my home too :(
If not because of the geological factor, more people in Malaysia could be killed too >_< including me
The Earthquake is now officially a 9.0

27-12-04, 07:39
this really scary....I woke up to the news and called home direct...
gosh...my dad says they're alright and I check the news on BBC....
its really a sad day for the world...no wonder I couldn't sleep well last night...


Bob in Iowa
27-12-04, 14:06
I have been following this story since I first read about it early yesterday morning. How terribly sad it is that the ever rising death toll now exceeds 20,000.

This is just another reminder to us all of how tentative our existence is, and that we should enjoy life, take the time to smile at others we meet, laugh whenever possible, dispense with pettiness, hatred, and jealousy, and spread a little joy while we are still alive.

28-12-04, 13:43
I'm still in shock. All I can do now is think of those who have lost loved ones and their possessions. It affects me personally because a football player from the team I follow (Melbourne Demons) is still missing. He was on a honeymoon in Thailand after recently getting married, and while his wife is safe he is lost at sea after saving her life.

It's so tragic for this to happen.

28-12-04, 14:51
please make cash donations to the Red Cross

Thanks for the link. I was trying to think if there was something I could do. It is terribly, terribly sad for all the victims and survivors with what little they had in this world washed away in a matter of minutes. If only there had been a way of getting the word out by people who knew what was happening, thousands of lives might have been saved....:(

28-12-04, 18:52
Confirmed death toll is 45'000 now and still rising. Do whatever you can, donate, pray, encourage everyone and help if you can. I hand out credit slips (Red Cross and other relief organisations) to everyone I encounter. They need us now more than ever.

28-12-04, 20:40
Now 55'000 is confirmed and still rising...about 1/3 were children, they had absolutely no chance.

Indonesia: ~27'000
Sri Lanka: ~18'000
India: ~8'500
Thailand: ~2'000

Several hundreds in Somalia, Tanzania and Kenia.
Still unknown the casualties on Nicobar and Andaman Islands.

Why is it always the poorest of the poorest?
Bam in Iran exactly one year ago (26th of Dec.), leaving ~26'000 dead. And now this...

Analysts say, in contrary to 9/11 when the world's stocket markets were severly affected, the tragedy now will not have a noticeable impact because economically seen, "non-critical" regions were hit...
:o :worried:

Rio Lee
29-12-04, 05:05
From a local newspaper. Death toll reached 60k, I couldnt even imagine whats the final number of casualties is :(

29-12-04, 05:46
From a local newspaper. Death toll reached 60k, I couldnt even imagine whats the final number of casualties is :(
I imagine it will end up close to 100,000....I still can't believe, though, there was no way/time any of these people could have been warned....:(

Lina Inverse
29-12-04, 07:08
It's certainly the most horrible disaster in a long time...
The death toll will probably still rise quite a bit, as there are still a vast amount of people missed - it's quite likely that the vast majority of the missed persons died in the floods.

29-12-04, 08:15
Gosh, I was watching the news and saw the clips of what happend. Sri Lanka was flooded and everything. An earthquake was created in the ocean and made a tsunami right? Just think these people were having a good time at the beach then all of a sudden some big wave comes over you!

29-12-04, 09:15
I imagine it will end up close to 100,000....I still can't believe, though, there was no way/time any of these people could have been warned....:(

Yes, I guess it took some time for the tsunami to reach Sri Lanka, India or the Maldives. Then even seeing it coming from afar, they have enough time to escape. They just didn't realise that such a thing could happen. Some people were still filming until the wave came a few meters from their feet.

The AnteLyfe
30-12-04, 18:37
death count is now at 116,000

30-12-04, 19:04
death count is now at 116,000
and counting this is a other lunacy; please count the jref_community aids n backings-
and let us know about ya expressive results..


30-12-04, 21:38
And how many thousands more are not yet counted as missing, it's just horrifying (I was reading a BBC page (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4125619.stm) today...) And epidemic will outbreak soon too (related page (http://www.who.int/hac/crises/international/asia_tsunami/en/).)

Just hoping that relief operations will be well coordinated under this coalition (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-12-29-bush-relief_x.htm).

cicatriz esp
31-12-04, 19:29


31-12-04, 19:38
This is really crazy, who knows how many might die in the end, I guess figures will rise up to 200,000 or more, and then many millions are without food, shelter and with homes destroyed.

I wonder if this catastrophy would have gotten so much attention if it weren't for all the foreigners killed. Remember the quake i Iran, and the mine collapsing in China? Where were the western news coverage?

The swedish papers are mostly writing about Swedes but then it's pretty big, the prime-minister said over 1,000 swedes might die, and 4,500 Swedes are currently missing in Thailand. That's quite alot for a small country, and there are also a few famous Swedish people like artists and such in the area, a big corporate ceo died from Pneumonia after he spent 2 days searching for his wife and kids (not yet found).

edit: http://www.waveofdestruction.org/

For those who haven't seen footage of it all.

01-01-05, 01:16
This is some wild stuff. Islands just swept off the face of the Earth.


Dream Time
01-01-05, 01:59
maybe 400,000 dead in Indonesia...


01-01-05, 05:38
To put things in a historical perspective, here are some of the worst tsunamis ever, and none of them come anywhere near the nearly 150,000 deaths from the recent tsunami.

Nov. 1, 1755: After a colossal earthquake destroyed Lisbon, Portugal and rocked much of Europe, people took refuge by boat. A tsunami ensued, as did great fires. Altogether, the event killed more than 60,000 people.

Aug. 27, 1883: Eruptions from the Krakatoa volcano fueled a tsunami that drowned 36,000 people in the Indonesian Islands of western Java and southern Sumatra. The strength of the waves pushed coral blocks as large as 600 tons onto the shore.

June 15, 1896: Waves as high as 100 feet (30 meters), spawned by an earthquake, swept the east coast of Japan. Some 27,000 people died.

April 1, 1946: The April Fools tsunami, triggered by an earthquake in Alaska, killed 159 people, mostly in Hawaii.

July 9, 1958: Regarded as the largest recorded in modern times, the tsunami in Lituya Bay, Alaska was caused by a landslide triggered by an 8.3 magnitude earthquake. Waves reached a height of 1,720 feet (576 meters) in the bay, but because the area is relatively isolated and in a unique geologic setting the tsunami did not cause much damage elsewhere. It sank a single boat, killing two fishermen.

May 22, 1960: The largest recorded earthquake, magnitude 8.6 in Chile, created a tsunami that hit the Chilean coast within 15 minutes. The surge, up to 75 feet (25 meters) high, killed an estimated 1,500 people in Chile and Hawaii.

March 27, 1964: The Alaskan Good Friday earthquake, magnitude between 8.4, spawned a 201-foot (67-meter) tsunami in the Valdez Inlet. It traveled at over 400 mph, killing more than 120 people. Ten of the deaths occurred in Crescent City, in northern California, which saw waves as high as 20 feet (6.3 meters).

Aug. 23, 1976: A tsunami in the southwest Philippines killed 8,000 on the heels of an earthquake.

July 17, 1998: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake generated a tsunami in Papua New Guinea that quickly killed 2,200.

01-01-05, 07:09
The most comparable recent disaster figure I've heard mention of was the 1991 flooding in Bangladesh (I believe) which left around 142,000 dead.

The AnteLyfe
06-01-05, 05:32
and counting this is a other lunacy; please count the jref_community aids n backings-
and let us know about ya expressive results..


I understand that you may find it inhumane to refer to each human life as "just another statistic", but counting the number of casualties is the only way one can put this tragedy into proper perspective.

For example, I believe today the deathcount was established at around 150,000+ . Today I also read that 150,000 people die globally every 3 days due to starvation and lack of clean drinking water. While it is encouraging that so many countries are willing to send "aid" to victims of the tsunami, one can't help but wonder why it takes a cataclysmic event such as this to get the worlds attention?

29-03-05, 00:22
Initial Report (http://www.antara.co.id/en/seenws/?id=2193)

IndoTsunami Page (http://ioc.unesco.org/indotsunami/2803sumatra_eq/sumatra_eq.htm)

26-12-05, 13:04
One year after, I checked the statistics of casualities by country. Looking at tourists who died in the region, we get (countries with 10 or more deaths) :

Germany : 537 dead and 15 missing
Sweden : 526 dead and 18 missing
Finland : 171 dead and 7 missing
United Kingdom : 149 dead and 1 missing
Switzerland : 106 dead
France : 95 dead
Austria : 86 dead
Denmark : 45 dead and 1 missing
Italy : 40 dead
Hong Kong : 38 dead and 2 missing
Japan : 37 dead and 7 missing
Netherlands : 36 dead and 5 missing
Australia : 26 dead
South Korea : 17 dead and 3 missing
USA : 18 dead and 15 missing
Belgium : 11 dead

Sources : Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countries_affected_by_the_2004_Indian_Ocean_earthq uake)