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December 28th, 2004

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10:45 am - the internet rides to the rescue again
From Making Light today:
The South-East Asia Earthquake is an instant blog focusing on "short news and information about resources, aid, donations and volunteer efforts." They're blogging everything: news updates, theoretical articles on tsunami, contact numbers for relief agencies, current death tolls, and, especially, information on how to help.

Making Light describes the destruction as "thousands of miles of 9/11," and she's not kidding. I've been following this from the beginning, after I woke up to NPR talking about a tsunami hitting Jakarta - originally in a mild panic because that's where mcjulie had been a few days earlier, and likely might have been again depending on her homeward itinerary. Thankfully she and her husband missed it completely, and their family who stayed behind were on one of the little islands by Bali that were in the miraculous lee southeast of Java - but last I heard they were still waiting for direct contact.

It's a little selfish on my part, but I do wonder how the coffee plantations have fared. That's my favorite area of the world for varietals, and I can hope that even if they lose some tourist trade (a certainty) there will still be some money coming into the region from the coffee trade.

Anyway, here's my part to spread the word & URL as per request.

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Date:December 28th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this.
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Date:December 28th, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this! I'm trying to find comfort in that there's no mention of the city/town in India where my relatives may be; though seeing that there were 2 deaths listed from Denmark doesn't help. (Everyone, including my mother is traveling under Danish passports.)

But at least I know where to send donations now!
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Date:December 29th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
I figure spreading the word is the least I can do. It's hard, because as I poke around I keep running up against how it is the folks who were the worst off to begin with who have suffered the most devastation. A Pacific Asia Travel Association page reads to me as though quite a few of the resort companies feel like they'll be back in operation fairly swiftly; it's the people in the poorer areas who have lost what few resources they did have who will have the hardest time recovering.

The saving grace is there seems to be a spirit of working together throughout the areas. It's no hug-fest, and it's like watching two enemy cats try to co-exist, but there's been some faint sounds of the Tamil Tigers and the sitting Sri Lankan government being willing to stop messing with each other for the duration, if not actually finding themselves able to cooperate.
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Date:December 29th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)

It's A Start, at Least

Nothing like a common enemy (like mass destruction with nobody to point to) to start things going. And it was unfortunately ever thus about the poorest being the worst off. When you have less to lose, and fewer ways of securing it, it's so much easier to lose everything.

On a completely unrelated note, have you seen the news reports about the JPL scientist who believes the earthquake (and the compaction of the geological mass under the tectonic plates) may have sped up the earth's rotation by 3 milliseconds?
Just in case the thing's awesome power wasn't clear enough before.

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