Death Toll Tops 11,300 After Asian Quake, Tsunami

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  1. Incredible. :(


    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - One of the most powerful earthquakes in history hit Asia Sunday, unleashing a tsunami which devastated coastal areas of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and tourist isles in Thailand, killing more than 11,300 people.

    The tsunami, a menacing wall of water, wreaked death, chaos and destruction across southern Asia. Up to 30 feet high, the tsunami was triggered by an 8.9 magnitude underwater earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
  2. Wonder if it could be steered to Scotland :D
  3. The bizarre thing is that the tsunami was more destructive that the earthquake which triggered it. It reminded me of a TV documentary not long ago claiming that the Canary Islands are due to have a bit of a seismic eruption which will cause a huge tidal wave which has the potential to virtually wipe out the east coast of America.

    Luckily enough it may not happen for about 1000 yrs or so.
  4. "menacing wall of water" :?: :roll:

    As opposed to a stationary, free standing, benign wall of water that causes no damage?

    Journos. Knobbers.
  5. I saw that too.

    I also have family on holiday near the quake. Thai coast apparently. We've not heard back yet but they are probably fine.
  6. Aw, can't we trigger it now. I can't wait another thousand years :twisted: :twisted:
  7. If a tsunami hit North America I am sure it would also hit the UK. In that event I like my chances better in north america.
  8. Ah ha, tom, we have the Thames Barrier!!
  9. Or the Irish Coast Barrier 8)
  10. Even better!
  11. One of the casualties in Thailand was one of the grandson's of the King.
  12. All joking aside, it shows the awsome power of nature. Makes one feel rather insignificant. We hope the toll is over estimated and does not increase.
  13. I'm afraid the toll is increasing , unfortunately, currently about 12.5 K, some specialists being sent over to help from OZ
  14. Phuket - I'm not going there!