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Friday 7 January 2005

Cell phones, Net could have saved thousands from waves

"In a sickening way, the horrific death toll from the tsunamis last week was an information disaster," writes USA Today columnist Kevin Maney. "Why didn't warnings race around the Web ahead of the tsunami? We live at a time when news of Scott Peterson's guilty verdict can spread in minutes from cell phone text messages sent from inside the courtroom to millions of people across the planet. Yet no one took advantage of the Web as the tsunami dashed toward shorelines."

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Blogger Bangalorean said :

Waves of fury beating on the shore,
Unimaginable heights terrify us to the core.

Man, woman, child it holds no discrimination,
Leaving behind utter chaos and mass devastation.

Suffering, bereavement, misery and sorrow,
How long must we endure this horror.

Lives lost, businesses perished and wrecked homes,
Stench of doom, still growing in loom.

What can we do in times like this,
Should we just stand by and not assist?

Please give your means to those in need,
This is the time to do good deeds.

Lastly, please say a prayer to all survivors of Tsunami,
May they have the strength to overcome this catastrophe.

Fri Jan 07, 01:48:00 AM IST  
Blogger Sury said :

Why? Because we're talking Aceh and Sri Lanka here where the average person does not have cellphones and computers. Only the tourists and very rich have these and even then, they do not have the communications infrastructure. Seriously resisting the urge to roll eyes here.

Fri Jan 07, 01:55:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Leave it to someone who writes whatever they can, if it hurts people or not, for a living to totally miss the fact that these people live in mud and stick huts, not apartment buildings with outlets in everyroom to hook up un-needed electrical crap.

Fri Jan 07, 02:47:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

well, i personally only geeks would bring computers to the beach so i think it was roughly ok to forget this site and go to red vs. blue .com it rulez

Fri Jan 07, 03:27:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

well, i personally only geeks would bring computers to the beach so i think it was roughly ok to forget this site and go to red vs. blue .com it rulez

Fri Jan 07, 03:28:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

There's no need for people to be at the beach with computers. A simple call from the Pacific Tsuanami Watch Group or others watching richter scales to CNN would have been all that was required. CNN could have done some quick fact-checking to see that a wave was possible and then issued a warning.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/05/152213

from http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/jan2005/warn-j03.shtml

Seismologists in Thailand registered the Sumatran earthquake soon after it took place. Thai Meteorological Department officials were attending a seminar when the news came in. They immediately convened an emergency meeting, which was chaired by the department’s director-general, Supharerk Tansrirat-tanawong. The Nation newspaper, citing unnamed sources at the meeting, reported that the danger of a tsunami was discussed, but the gathering decided not to issue a warning.

Fri Jan 07, 12:05:00 PM IST