Sunday, December the 26th, 2004

An earthquake of magnitude 8.9 on the Richter scale (read insane panic and horror) hit somewhere in the sea near north Indonesia. That would have been OK in itself, considering the lives of a few fishes aren’t the highest on my priority list right now, but it caused Tsunami waves crashing into parts of the continent. The current death toll is over 9000 people all over south Asia, over 2000 of that in India, and over 1600 of that in coastal Tamil Nadu (read home home).

From the BBC, in India,

“More than 2000 km of southern coast swamped by tidal waves, including states of Tamil Nadu — whose capital, Madras, was particularly badly hit … water came several kilometres inland.”

I am from Madras. I have family there, people living close to beaches.

“Early morning joggers along the beaches in Madras say huge columns of water surged towards the land without warning.”

I meditated at the beach every morning around sunrise for a good chunk of my life. And no, I don’t jog.

“A nuclear reactor in the state has been shut down after sea water entered an estate housing scientists.”

Yes, we’re semi-advanced, technically.

“Bodies of fishermen are said to be strewn on beaches along the 2000 km southern Indian coastline.”

I don’t know any fisher(wo)men personally.

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4 Responses to “Serious news”

  1. indexfaction says:

    I live near the beach & it was very scary.

  2. anita says:

    hope your family and friends there are all safe and sound.

  3. wahgnube says:

    indexfaction: Dude, hope everything gets back to normal soon.

  4. wahgnube says:

    anita: Yes, everyone is safe and sound. A few relatives/friends had to relocate for a day or so because they were fearing further damage due to additional aftershocks and such. But all’s well.

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