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    http://olympics.reuters.com/newsArti...toryID=7178847

    COLOMBO (Reuters) - A huge earthquake hit southern Asia on Sunday, setting off a tsunami that drowned hundreds in Sri Lanka and India, sent Indonesians rushing to high ground and washed away bathers on the Thai tourist island of Phuket.

    The earthquake of magnitude 8.5 as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey first struck at 7:59 a.m. (0059 GMT) off the coast of the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra and swung north with multiple tremors into the Andaman islands in the Indian Ocean.

    A wall of water up to 10 meters (30 feet) high set off by the tremor swept into Indonesia, over the coast of Sri Lanka and India and along the southern Thai tourist island of Phuket, leaving at least 650 people feared dead, officials said.

    "Nothing like this has ever happened in our country before," said Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

    The earthquake was the world's biggest since 1965, said Julie Martinez, geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey. "It is multiple earthquakes along the same faultline," she said.

    The worst-hit area appeared to be the tourist region of Sri Lanka's south and east and the chairman of the John Keells hotel chain said five of his hotels had been badly flooded.

    At least 500 were feared dead in Sri Lanka, the National Disaster Management Center said.

    "The army and the navy have sent rescue teams, we have deployed over four choppers and half the navy's eastern fleet to look for survivors," said military spokesman Brigadier Daya Ratnayake.

    An official in eastern Trincomalee said 3,000 people had been displaced and six villages destroyed.

    Along the southern Indian coast, as many as 74 people were killed and many injured by a tsunami there, hospital and government officials said.

    BIG PARTS OF MALDIVES UNDER WATER

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    Thats terrible My sympathy to those involved.
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    • #3
      even in Malaysia i herd that 28 people have killed it caused by the waves that struck the coast in Sabah, Serawak, Penang and Langkawi Island. and good thing i don't live in the area.
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      • #4
        Huge Tsunami hits Asia

        Latest news is that the earthquake that caused the Tsunamis hit 8.9 on Richter Scale . On the (somewhat) positive side, the Maldives seem to not be as devasted as initially reported. Still, condolences to all the victims in Southeast Asia .

        -Colin

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        • #5
          Over 3,400 confirmed dead so far. What a terrible tragedy...
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            Re: Huge Tsunami hits Asia

            Originally posted by DAL767-400ER
            Latest news is that the earthquake that caused the Tsunamis hit 8.9 on Richter Scale . On the (somewhat) positive side, the Maldives seem to not be as devasted as initially reported. Still, condolences to all the victims in Southeast Asia .

            -Colin
            just heard that Maldives in under water, pretty bad down this part of town with alot of Aussies in Malay, Indo, Thailand etc.


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            • #7
              6800 dead in Asia!

              Including 3000 in Sri Lanka and 1800 in Indonesia.

              They are even saying that there could be another one in the next few hours.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ek_19
                6800 dead in Asia!

                Including 3000 in Sri Lanka and 1800 in Indonesia.

                They are even saying that there could be another one in the next few hours.
                Aftershock?
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                  The tsunami south-east of Penang island. This was taken at 13:28 local time, about the time it hit the northern beaches of Penang.
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                  • #10
                    Deaths reported in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand, no reports from Myanmar?
                    Phuket airport closed for civilian traffic, landing strip on Nicobars has been badly damaged. India are flying in relief aid with AN-32 to Andamans and
                    sent their navy to Sri Lanka to aid them.
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                    • #11
                      +7000 dead now reported at http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...ia-blast_x.htm
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                      • #12
                        damn that sucks.

                        my family flew to Bangkok yesterday just before the storm hit thailand, they wanted to spend the holiday near puket where lots of people are dead or missing. I'm glad they are fine...
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                        • #13
                          Here´s a link to some pics in Thailand when the waves approach the shore, http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=260157

                          Latest from same newspaper, +8700 dead...
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                          • #14
                            I'm speechless. What can you say about 8700 people dying. It's a horrible horrible horrible thing. PLEASE let the number stop there.

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                            • #15
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                              8,700+ feared dead (from Fox News). This is certainly a global-scale disaster. The head of Italy's National Geophysics Institute said that the quake "even disturbed the Earth's rotation."

                              This is an article I got from AOL:

                              Massive Quake, Tsunami Hit South Asia
                              At Least 7,000 Feared Dead in Six Countries as Tidal Waves Slam Coasts

                              JAKARTA, Indonesia (Dec. 26) - The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia on Sunday, killing more than 7,000 people in six countries.

                              Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water up to 20 feet high that swept across the Bay of Bengal, unleashed by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake centered off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

                              In Sri Lanka, 1,000 miles west of the epicenter, more than 3,000 people were killed, the country's top police official said. At least 1,870 died in Indonesia, and 1,900 along the southern coasts of India. At least 198 were confirmed dead in Thailand, 42 in Malaysia and 2 in Bangladesh.

                              But officials expected the death toll to rise dramatically, with hundreds reported missing and all communications cut off to Sumatran towns closest to the epicenter. Hundreds of bodies were found on various beaches along India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, and more were expected to be washed in by the sea, officials said.

                              The rush of waves brought to sudden disaster to people carrying out their daily activities on the ocean's edge: Sunbathers on the beaches of the Thai resort of Phuket were washed away; a group of 32 Indians - including 15 children - were killed while taking a ritual Hindu bath to mark the full moon day; fishing boats, with their owners clinging to their sides, were picked up by the waves and tossed away.

                              `All the planet is vibrating'' from the quake, said Enzo Boschi, the head of Italy's National Geophysics Institute. Speaking on SKY TG24 TV, Boschi said the quake even disturbed the Earth's rotation.

                              The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude of 8.9. Geophysicist Julie Martinez said it was the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964.

                              On Sumatra, the quake destroyed dozens of buildings - but as elsewhere, it was the wall of water that followed that caused the most deaths and devastation.

                              Tidal waves leveled towns in the province of Aceh on Sumatra's northern tip, the region closest to the epicenter. An Associated Press reporter saw bodies wedged in trees as the waters receded. More bodies littered the beaches.

                              Health ministry official Els Mangundap said 1,876 people had died across the region, including some 1,400 in the Aceh provincial capital, Banda Aceh. Communications to the town had been cut.

                              Relatives went through lines of bodies wrapped in blankets and sheets, searching for dead loved ones. Aceh province has long been the center of a violent insurgency against the government.

                              The worst known death toll so far was in Sri Lanka, where a million people were displaced from wrecked villages. Some 20,000 soldiers were deployed in relief and rescue and to help police maintain law and order. Police chief, Chandra Fernando said at least 3,000 people were dead in areas under government control.

                              ``It is a huge tragedy,'' said Lalith Weerathunga, secretary to the Sri Lankan prime minister. ``The death toll is going up all the time.'' He said the government did not know what was happening in areas of the northeast controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels.

                              An AP photographer saw two dozen bodies along a four-mile stretch of beach, some of children entangled in the wire mesh used to barricade seaside homes. Other bodies were brought up from the beach, wrapped in sarongs and laid on the road, while rows of men and women lined the roads asking if anyone had seen their relatives.

                              Around one million people were displaced from their homes, Weerathunga said.

                              In India, beaches were turned into virtual open-air mortuaries, with bodies of people caught in the tidal wave being washed ashore.

                              In Tamil Nadu state, just across the straits from Sri Lanka, 1,567 people were killed, said the state's top elected official, Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa.

                              Another 200 died in neighboring Andhra Pradesh state, 102 in Pondicherry and 28 others in Kerala and elsewhere, according to the governments in each state.

                              ``I was shocked to see innumerable fishing boats flying on the shoulder of the waves, going back and forth into the sea, as if made of paper,'' said P. Ramanamurthy, 40, who lives in Andra Pradesh's Kakinada town. ``I had never imagined anything like this could happen.''

                              The huge waves struck around breakfast time on the beaches of Thailand's beach resorts - probably Asia's most popular holiday destination at this time of year, particularly for Europeans fleeing the winter cold - wiping out bungalows, boats and cars, sweeping away sunbathers and snorkelers, witnesses said.

                              ``Initially we just heard a bang, a really loud bang,'' Gerrard Donnelly of Britain, a guest at Phuket island's Holiday Inn, told Britain's Sky News. ``We initially thought it was a terrorist attack, then the wave came and we just kept running upstairs to get on as high ground as we could.''

                              ``People that were snorkeling were dragged along the coral and washed up on the beach, and people that were sunbathing got washed into the sea,'' said Simon Clark, 29, a photographer from London vacationing on Ngai island.

                              On Phi Phi island - where ``The Beach'' starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed - 200 bungalows at two resorts were swept out to sea.

                              ``I am afraid that there will be a high figure of foreigners missing in the sea and also my staff,'' said Chan Marongtaechar, owner of the PP Princess Resort and PP Charlie Beach Resort.

                              Indonesia, a country of 17,000 islands, is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the margins of tectonic plates that make up the so-called the ``Ring of Fire'' around the Pacific Ocean basin.

                              The Indonesian quake struck just three days after an 8.1 quake struck the ocean floor between Australia and Antarctica, causing buildings to shake hundreds of miles away but no serious damage or injury.

                              Quakes reaching a magnitude 8 are very rare. A quake registering magnitude 8 rocked Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Sept. 25, 2003, injuring nearly 600 people. An 8.4 magnitude tremor that stuck off the coast of Peru on June 23, 2001, killed 74.

                              Associated Press reporters Dilip Ganguly and Gemunu Amarasinghe in Colombo, Sri Lanka, K.N. Arun in Madras, India, and Sutin Wannabovorn in Phuket, Thailand, contributed to this report.
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                              Crap, this sucks bigtime.

                              RIP

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