To add to my earlier post:
A new blog – http://tsunamiwarning.blogspot.com has been set up byCheeni to “to collect news and opinions on the need for a comprehensive early warning system for Tsunamis in India and S.E. Asia”. An interesting article posted there says that the Indian government agencies knew an hour before disaster struck.
Also see some video clips of the tsunami waves made available by Manish Jethani through his blog:http://manish.revise.org/archives/2004/12/30/tsunami-videos/
Facts and figures
Meanwhile, the official figures of the death toll in South Asia due to the earthquake and tsunami is already being put at over 90,000. Worldover countries, organizations and individuals are gearing up to contribute in their own way to help in the relief measures for the survivors and the affected.
Being the strongest earthquake in the world since the 9.2-magnitude Good Friday Earthquake which struck Alaska, USA in 1964, this is the fourth largest since 1900.
The Guiness Book of World Records puts the highest death toll from a tsunami at 27,000, which was caused by an earthquake off the coast of Japan in 1896. Thus, the December 26 2004 tsunami is guaranteed to make a grim record in the Book with 90,000 confirmed deaths. Some estimations (by the WHO) put the death toll at more than 200,000!
To Aid the affected
Bangalore-based rock groups Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ) andAntaragni are performing a special show “to raise funds for the victims and families of the over 9,000 Indians affected by the tsunami of December 26”.
This is being held on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at St John’s Auditorium, Koramangala, Bangalore. Donor passes are priced at Rs 99.99. The event starts at 8.30 pm. Be there!
The Magic and Allied Arts Development & Research Institute (MAADRI) is hosting Maya Jadoo – The Mega Magic Show onJanuary 2nd, 2005 at the Udaya School Grounds, Vijayanagar, Bangalore in aid of the earthquake and tsunami affected families. Magician Prahlad Acharya is addressing a press conference at the Bangalore Press Club with regard to this at 1:30 PM today. Visit the mayajadoo blog for more details…