It’s a sobering thought amongst all the jovailty and celibrations that disaster can strike at any minute. Yesterday more than 14,000 people lost their lives (at the last estimate). It’s a sad time.
My condolences go out to all the families and people that lost loved and cherished ones.
Thanks to all those that enquired, I am fine here. There were tremors in KL, but they were minor, apparently one condo cracked. It happened around 9am yesterday morning, it was quite bad in Penang, according to Michael Ooi, bad enough to wake you up.
Lives were lost in 7 or more countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and as far as Somalia.
Region summary from the BBC HERE.
The epicentre was nearest toIndonesia’s Aceh province on Sumatra. It is estimated to be 8.9 on the richter scale.
8 and above is classed as:Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred miles across.
There is 1 average anually of this scale, almost reaching 9 this is the strongest quake in 40 years.
The earthquake caused a lot of damage, but most was done by the Tsunami caused by the quake, as seen by Penang beach below.
In Thailand the effect was the same, a lot of divers are still missing..
Latest figures and disaster toll here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4126971.stm
Sri Lanka: 4,850 dead
Indonesia: 4,440 dead
India: 4,270 dead
Thailand: 430 dead
Malaysia: 44 dead
Maldives: 32 dead
Bangladesh: 2 dead
I’m so glad I’m not in Colombo now…bombings, natural disasters..not a great place to be.
I have some other stuff to post..but I don’t think now is the right time.
Let’s just reflect upon what has happened, and be thankful we escaped with our lives. 15,000 is a hell of a lot of humans that just got wiped off the face of the earth.