Tsunami Resources

Thursday, December 30, 2004 | 10:11 AM

How bad was this quake? US Scientists think it may have made the Earth wobble.

A few resources that might have gotten overlooked regarding the Tsunami and relief efforts:

1) Google set up a page with links to sites set up to provide information and handle donations for victims throughout the region, as did Yahoo's info page, and Amazon's donation page. You can also donate your Airline Mileage to help Tsunami Victims. Lastly, the Tsunami help blog is provides a comprehensive list of ways to help.

2)  The Tsunami death toll now exceeds 115,000 160,000

Deaths by country:
    Indonesia: 79,940
    Sri Lanka: 23,015
    India: At least 10,000
    Thailand: 1,830.
        (Thai PM says toll could rise to 3,000 as 4,265 people are still missing).
    Myanmar: 90
    Malaysia: 66
    Maldives: 46 --

3) Several sites have gathered home videos of the Tsunami:

Waxy.org   
Punditguy
Austin's Blog
Archive.org

They are truly frightening

4) Before & After Photos:

Khao Lak in Phang-nga province   
(Before & After photo side by side)

NYTimes, Interactive   
(select "Photos Impact" and then "Before and After" at far right)

Indian Ocean Tsunami Imagery Khaolak, Thailand 
(via globalsecurity.org)

Pakarang Cape
Before and After

Blue Village Pakarang Resort
Before and After

Sofitel Magic Lagoon Resort & Spa Khao Lak
Before and After

Tsunami Gallery
(from globalsecurity.org)

More Satellite Images of Tsunami Affected Areas

There's 2 devastating B&A photos posted here: 

Before and After Photos

This site has even more Before and After photos

 

5) Major Natural Disasters (of the past few centuries)

Deaths           Event             Location         Year
3,700,000      Flood             China             1931
300,000         Cyclone         Bangladesh     1970
255,000        Earthquake     China             1976
170,000+      Tsunami         South Asia       2004
143,000        Earthquake     Japan             1923
139,000        Cyclone          Bangladesh     1991
100,000        Tsunami        Japan              1703
70,000         Tsunami         Portugal         1755
50,000         Earthquake     Iran               1990
31,000         Earthquake     Iran               2003

Sources: World Almanac, U.S. Geological Survey, Associated Press
via U.S. News & World Report, January 10, 2005, 

6) Tsunami Relief: Charity Efficiency and Transparency Ratings:   

Helps provide an overview of how much of your donations actually make it to the victims, using several rating systems.

Doctors w/o Borders, American Red Cross, American Jewish World Service and OxFam were all very highly rated.

Here's where to make online contributions to the top rated charities:

American Red Cross (via Amazon)

American Jewish World Service   

Doctors w/o Borders

Oxfam

LASTLY, can't we do better?  US ups Aid to victims from 15million to 35 million

How is it that US can find 300+ billion dollars for the War in Iraq, but cannot muster 1% of that amount to help out in SouthEast Asia?

Pardon my pique, but I heard this Karl Rove guy was supposed to be a PR genius -- How did he blow yet another opportunity? Put aside for a minute the simple motivation to do what's right, and look at this the way he looks at everything else -- as a chance to change some views about us. For a billion or so dollars, the Mayberry Machivelli could have reaped a PR windfall for his boy and the US, whose rep in the world has never bneen lower than its been the past few years. 

I guess if it don't help your guy elected, it dont matter all that much . . . Oh, well, another missed opportunity, brought to you by the Crawford gang that can't shoot straight -- unless its at Democrats.


UPDATE:
  12/31/04  1:31 PM    U.S. announces $350 million in tsunami aid 

MSNBC: 

"The United States will provide $350 million in aid for victims of Asia's devastating tsunami, a government official said Friday -- a ten-fold increase over what it had previously announced and a sum that will significantly boost international funds pledged for relief.

The news will likely silence criticism of the U.S. aid effort that surfaced when Washington announced its initial aid package."

Color me silenced!

UPDATE:  1/3/05  11:31 AM    Three U.S. Presidents Urge U.S. Relief Aid

This is a brilliant move -- it still looks like they are playing catch up, but its better than the prior appearance of indifference.

See, Karl, I knew you could do it!

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Vis-a-vis Karl Rove and his "missed opportunity" it is easy to understand why this opportunity was missed. 1. There was no financial incentive. 2. They do not see it as an opportunity for Bush and GOP to further consolidate their stranglehold on power. 3. The people who are suffering are not white Christian conservatives and therefore merit little concern.

In their opinions this will all be forgotten so there is no reason to trouble themselves nor interrupt "the leader's" vacation.

Posted by: kmsor | Dec 30, 2004 2:26:57 PM

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