Natural Disaster Sweeps Across Asia

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.

Latest news from The Star here: http://thestar.com.my/news/latest/[/url]

Videos pictures and information at BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk with a lot of info also at CNN

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.

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8 Responses to Natural Disaster Sweeps Across Asia

  1. letti December 27, 2004 at 3:09 am #

    called home several times just to make sure family was okay. they’re in johore so they were buffered by sumatra. mom’s family is in penang though, but they’re safe too

  2. Chris December 27, 2004 at 4:07 am #

    Hi ! I’m from KL originally but I now live in Sydney, so I’m quite lucky where I am. Would you consider linking to some Australian disaster relief funds who are asking for donations to support this relief effort ? I have linked to the 5 key agencies who have set up online donation forms for people to contribute. If you are interested, all the links are in my blog (URL above). Thanks and regards – Chris

  3. kimberlycun December 27, 2004 at 6:06 am #

    glad ur in KL now

  4. Vader December 27, 2004 at 8:11 am #

    why is it that only when disasters happened then we feel we are glad we are alive ?

    Im relieved and glad Im alive everyday.

  5. Jano December 28, 2004 at 12:39 am #

    I did enjoy reading your blog very much. But I’m so sorry for all the victims of the quake. May God be merciful to them. I have blogmarked your site if you don’t mind.

  6. ShaolinTiger December 28, 2004 at 1:49 am #

    Nah that’s cool, hope to see you again 🙂

  7. ShaolinTiger December 28, 2004 at 2:12 am #

    I’m goddamn freaking glad too.

  8. Random Person December 28, 2004 at 7:29 am #

    There were no tremors in KL. Just some nasty Chinese businessman making up stories about why his condo fell down. “It was the earthquake, I swear!” Yeah, right. Another Highland Towers disaster? Pull the other one.