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Wednesday 12 January 2005

And the hits just keep on coming

Posted by kim @ 6:03pm

After the death and distruction of Boxing Day, and then the follow-up aftershocks last week and this week, now there's storms in the UK, a cyclone in the Pacific, mudslides in the USA and we're lossing more lives down south with bushfires.

Honestly, I can't think of a worse way of dying, to be burnt to death, even something as aweful as drowning would be preferable to that.

Tuesday 11 January 2005

Just in case

Posted by kim @ 7:55am

And just in case you'd been on a different planet for the past two weeks, here's a few articles from Newscientist.com:

500,000 people injured by Asian tsunami
Tsunami warning system is not simply sensors
Tsunami survivors need long-term psychological care
Satellite imagery helping tsunami relief effort
Dead bodies pose no epidemic threat, say experts
Tsunami's salt water may leave islands uninhabitable
Displaced dangers complicate tsunami rescue work

These were all in a row, by the way. Many of these are actually quite interesting, especially the ones about the satellite imaging, dead bodies not causing disease, and the salt making some areas uninhabitable. But then, I am a true scientist at heart.

Monday 10 January 2005

Boxing Day

Posted by kim @ 9:19pm

I realised before that I hadn't actually said anything in here about the Tsunami that I referred to in the previous entry, and thats probably because I'm sick of hearing about it. I know that sounds terrible but its been 2wks now you'd think they could find something else to report about. I mean, I know its one of the worst, if not the worst, natural disasters in modern history, I know its killed tens of thousands of people and has left many more tens of thousands homeless. I too had friends over there that I worried like crazy about until I heard back from them saying they were alright. I too have been amungst the thousands of people who have made donations to the cause. And I too feel so terribly sorry for those that have lost everything in this most horrible time. But there isn't a lot we can do about it now, just pick up the pieces and move on as best we can. And for it to be still, two weeks later, in the first 4+ news items ... its a bit much, really. I mean, yes, most definately keep us up-to-date on the recovery of the area, the development of an early warning system, and further events, but to keep showing the same set of horrible footage of the wave hitting one of the resorts over there, showing trees, homes and people being washed way, .. or showing our much-loved (not!) PM giving speeches about it and how great he is because of the relief packages he's organised (with our tax-payer money) .. enoughs enough.


Posted by kim @ 7:11pm

Tonight when I turned on the news, the first 4 stories were reports related to the tsunami disaster in South East Asia. In fact they were the only stories that there were before the sports came on. Depressing.

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