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Thanks Cap'n for responding.

It's a nice feeling when you know there are friends 
across the globe who are concerned.
I am indeed touched by the mails I have received
including the latest one from you.

My figures were way off.
The latest figure being bandied about is 22,900 dead
all over Asia and it looks like swelling further.

That does not include the number of people missing.
What the final tally will be is any one's guess.
Some of the areas are so remote that no one is able to
reach them.

Corpses have been found dangling from trees, where the
waves carried them and left when receding.
There was a visual of a car bobbing about on the
surface of the Ocean like a toy in a bath tub.

The most tragic story I heard is that of a group of
kids on the Marina Beach playing cricket.
One of them hit the ball and it went into the water.
They all ran to retrieve the ball and that turned out
to be fatal.

The wave attacked suddenly and they just couldn't make
it to safety in the time they had. Otherwise being
children they could run faster than adults and had a
better chance of running to safety.

Some say they saw the huge wave and thought it was an
illusion and not real. No one expected this and they
blissfully ignored it till it was too close to save

Those who never saw the wave of course had no chance.

Tragic stories are pouring in and the regional
language periodicals are full of first person

People say any one on the beach with two minutes to
run could have saved himself if he wanted to but no
one really believed the wave would actually "invade". 

Under normal conditions, we see the menacing waves
approaching but we are used to seeing it collapse
harmlessly by the time it touches the beach.
We experience a thrill when the foam rushes in and
just wets our ankles and goes back dragging some sand
from under our feet, till the next round and the next
and the next.

We are so used to this "bluff" from the sea that no
one would be ready for a sneak and sudden attack like
this. No one could have expected that the sea would
actually "cross the line" maintained and respected
since time immemorial by Man and Nature.

That should explain the large number of deaths.

Now, I anticipate the people will take the sea more
Once drowned, perennially shy.
The sea will never be trusted again by the families of
those who died.

I am afraid people may even become paranoid for some
Parents will keep their kids off the beaches.
What a tragedy!

India has cyclone warning systems in place.
But who ever thought a Tsunami warning system is also

I have always been in awe of Nature.
That has just been re-confirmed.


Considering the interest shown in this development by
several of my friends in the list, I am taking the
liberty of posting a copy of my reply.

--- cap'n ron <rgy(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> Vish:
> Glad to hear you and yours are safe.  When I heard
> the first reports yesterday I searched for the
> location of Bangalore, thinking of you, and found it
> to be sufficiently far from the sea. What an
> incredible occurrence.  Could it be the worst
> natural disaster in recorded history?
> I hope you continue to receive only good news
> regarding family and friends.
> Ron Yeager
> rgy(--nospam--at)

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