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We later learned from Rolf that after we went to bed, the hotel staff told Rolf about 1AM that there was another tsunami coming and that the hotel would have to be evacuated. He was finally reunited with his wife who had spent the day in the hospital with two damaged vertebrae, but they and the other guests who heard the 1 a.m. tsunami warning, had to spend the night on the hillside. We never heard a knock at our room. The medical system was swamped, given that over 1000 people were severely wounded in Phuket province the first day (in addition to over 260 dead and 700 missing). But hospitals were even worse off in the province to the north where there were far more casualties. I later received an email from some of the survivors I had helped (the English family I first saw at the beachfront hotels). They said that their wounds were promptly attended to when they reached the Phuket emergency room, although they required multiple surgeries and were still recuperating 4 weeks later. I asked them how they wound up where I found them. The response: "We were not staying in either hotel but had been on the beach then walked across the road only to be pushed through a shop window. The shop was standing in front of the hotel but was demolished by the wave! Hence the hotels were just a convenient shelter. We were all lifted/clambered up on to "my" balcony first, then the girls moved to the higher ground where you found them after rumours of a larger wave coming. As you'll remember I wasn't in a fit state for more climbing."

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Foreign tourists far out on the sand after the water receded react as the first of six tsunami waves started to roll towards Hat Rai Lay Beach, near Krabi in southern Thailand, on December 26, 2004. # Relief efforts: http://www.sphereproject.org/ http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tsunamis/ http://jsis.artsci.washington.edu/programs/soasia/tsunami%20relief.htm http://www.lonelyplanet.com/tsunami/publisher.cfm “Overall, though, our survey of the Andaman Sea coast and islands of southern Thailand revealed very light damage or none at all at 36 percent of the study sites and moderate damage at another 50 percent. Only 14 percent had severe damage. Except for localized kills, reef fish also seemed to have fared well. "The tsunami shook up their world like mad for a few minutes, but there are still plenty of fish around," concluded fish expert Gerry Allen of the Western Australian Museum. [Ibid]

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The big error everyone made in Phuket on December 26 was assuming that the earthquakes before the tsunamis were small and local. Best guess is that in southern Thailand we felt the main shock (magnitude 9) and a large aftershock (magnitude 7.1 off the Nicobar islands). The best course of action when your are at the coast and you feel an earthquake, is to evacuate to high ground or climb to a higher level in a concrete building immediately (unless you have solid news of no danger). Tsunami waves might arrive in seconds. (2 of 2) The same location as above, photographed on November 29, 2014, showing the new highway. # The tsunami of 26 December 2004 inundated the coastlines of many Southeast Asian countries had been in place to ensure that informal advance warnings transmitted between Phuket (Thailand).. A sudden moment of calm happened as I was about to rush downstairs. A woman in the adjacent hotel room (she sounded East African?) had been listening to my conversation with the German man. She appeared calm and focused (or maybe I just imagined that). She pointed out that the quiet German woman had a deep scalp laceration. So I asked the hotel manager if he could get a pair of scissors, and I showed the African woman how to cut the hair away from the wound and clean and bandage the laceration.

Hundreds of lanterns which symbolizes the spirits of victims of the Asian tsunami, are released into the sky during a commemoration service to mark the 10th anniversary of the day this natural disaster happened, on December 26, 2014 in Ban Nam Khem, Thailand. # Thailand was one of the countries that was hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Due to proximity of the Andaman coasts of Thailand situated just about 500 km east of the earthquake epicentre, the tsunami took just 2 hours to reach and strike the western coastline of the country Text Sources: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Times of London, The Guardian, National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, R, AP, AFP, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, Global Viewpoint (Christian Science Monitor), Foreign Policy, Wikipedia, BBC, CNN, NBC News, Fox News and various books and other publications.

So making lofty commitments during the major publicity phase of tsunami recovery is great, but we need to be sure that the federal government follows through with those pledges. We also need to be sure that the current U.S. administration does not simply rob existing, poorly funded foreign aid accounts to finance the acute relief effort. Now is the time for a larger national dialogue on foreign aid and our relationship with less developed countries. The ruins the dome of a mosque that was hit by the tsunami, seen on December 14, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. # We slept in late, but about 8AM we were awoken by the bed shaking for 2-3 minutes (and it was not from the couple next door). It was clear this was an earthquake, followed 20 minutes later by another. Because this is not a region of major quakes, I just assumed that they were small, local quakes. The possibility of a tsunami never crossed my mind.

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  1. The two English sisters' father was also injured but sitting on the balcony two floors below in the adjacent hotel (the SeaGull). I called down to him several times, but like his daughters he said he was injured but doing OK. I reassured the sisters and wrote down the name of my hotel on a calling card in case I could not get back.
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  3. g waves. Some was seen diving into the water desperately searching for their loved ones who were missing,” he said. [Ibid]

Tsunami, December 26, 2004 at Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

boxing day tsunami 2004 - complete series 1/1 Phuket. Tsunami 2004 - Todesflut im Paradies Was für viele Familien als Traumurlaub begann, endete in einer der größten. Learn about the 2004 tsunami and see the 2004 tsunami timeline. An aerial view of tsunami and earthquake damage off the coast of Northern Japan as seen from a U.S. Navy helicopter on March 12.. Throughout the next two days a very odd thing happened. Unlike the usual isolation among hotel guests, most people wanted to talk to each other, and perfect strangers were particularly eager to talk to Mardie and me since we had mobilized first aid efforts. The men who volunteered to carry the makeshift stretchers gave each other a knowing nod as they passed in the hall.

TSUNAMI, December 26, 2004. Our vacation in Thailand took an ominous turn the day after As our taxi drove from the Phuket Airport late on December 25, we passed through downtown Patong Beach.. Phuket Tsunami 2004. It was one of the worst natural disasters in human history. In December 2004 a huge wave, caused by an undersea earthquake with the magnitude 9.1-9.3, hit the Indian ocean.. As soon as I returned downstairs to the lobby, a Norwegian named Rolf, came up to me and said that there was a woman in shock in the adjacent waterfront hotel. Since the situation seemed in control in the Duangjitt Hotel lobby, I followed him through 1-2 foot floodwaters in a circuitous route across the open lawn to the backside of the Patian hotel [spelling?]. I was wearing flip flop sandals, so the footing was tricky as we slogged through mud and water, around rebar, lawn chairs, and other debris and jumped a drainage canal. Several times the mud sucked my sandals off, but I focused on moving as fast as I could without tripping and injuring myself on the hidden debris under the muddy water. As we walked to the beach hotels, a tall European man and a Thai woman were having an argument as they rushed away from the beach. I could only hear the Thai woman say, "You are not the only one who...." Löydä HD-arkistokuvia ja miljoonia muita rojaltivapaita arkistovalokuvia, -kuvituskuvia ja -vektoreita Shutterstockin kokoelmasta hakusanalla Hotel Building After 2004 Tsunami Phuket

The December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was caused by an earthquake that is thought to The Indian Ocean tsunami traveled as far as 3,000 miles to Africa and still arrived with sufficient force to.. What happened on December 26th 2004 was something quite unimaginable, off the scale, almost impossible to The photo above shows Kamala temple , at Kamala Beach Phuket as the tsunami hit

(2 of 2) A decade later, the same location, showing a view of the beach prior to the ten year anniversary of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami on December 12, 2014 in Phi Phi Village, Ton Sai Bay, Thailand. # The Thaiger. Phuket | Phuket tsunami memorial services announced. PHUKET CITY: Memorial services marking the fifth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami disaster will take place on December 26 at.. Several of the European tourists were urging us to use whiskey or vodka to clean wounds. I told them that was not a good idea. Here is what a University of Washington colleague who is a trauma surgeon and epidemiologist told me, "If some sort of definitive care is to be done within the next few hours, the only real first aid priority is to stop bleeding, primarily through direct pressure (manual or with gauze or bandages or any sort of cloth) or compression of pressure points (e.g., femoral artery in groin for bleeding more distally in the leg, etc). If definitive care will not be for a long time (e.g., day or more) and the wound is grossly contaminated (e.g., dirt or other material with high bacterial contamination), and bleeding has already been controlled, then brief mechanical debridement (e.g., as by irrigation with clean water) would be indicated. There is no benefit from antiseptic (especially one like alcohol) at this stage. Soap and water, possibly OK...but the main need is to remove debris, not sterilization. Something painful, like alcohol, would probably not cause much damage, but would cause unnecessary pain, with no real benefit."

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  1. Some people were reportedly on the lookout for babies and small children that they could sell to adoption agencies. There were many stories of children disappearing. It is believed that most of these ended up with relatives but there is good chance that some could ended up in the hands of some unsavory characters.
  2. Describing the impact of the disaster on tourism, Lisa Kalis and James Brooke wrote in the New York Times, “Damage mainly was limited to three districts on Thailand's southwestern coast. Sethaphan Buddhani, a director for the Thailand Tourism Authority in New York, said hotel damage totaled $300 million in the area of Phang-Nga, $400 million in Phuket and $700 million in Krabi. He estimated that reconstruction would be mostly complete within six months, although reconstruction will take a year at two other destinations, Phi Phi Island in Krabi and Khao Lak beach in Phang-Nga. [Source: Lisa Kalis and James Brooke, New York Times, Jan. 16, 2005]
  3. (1 of 2) A file photo taken with a telephoto lens on January 16, 2005 of a partly damaged mosque in the Lampuuk coastal district of Banda Aceh where surrounding houses were wiped out in the aftermath of the massive December 26, 2004 tsunami. #
  4. The Easter Sunday earthquake 4 decades ago in southern Alaska was about as big as this one but caused far less damage because the area had few people. The largest earthquake ever measured (9.5 off Chile in 1960) generated a tsunami, but only a few thousand people died because the earthquake and tsunamis affected sparsely populated areas (http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/c1187/). The risk of damage and lives lost in the Indian and Pacific Ocean Basins is going to get far worse as human population growth continues and as individuals choose to live near the coast. The population of Thailand is estimated to increase by only 15% in the next 45 years, but the population of India could increase by 50% and in Somalia by 207% at current rates (www.prb.org). Without warning systems, public education, and a balanced approach to development in coastal areas, the risk of damage will most likely be higher from future tsunamis and earthquakes in the region. Destruction of mangroves and coral reefs in coastal areas further increases the risk by reducing natural buffer zones (http://worldwatch.org/pubs/paper/158/).
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A German man and his son rushed up to us and asked if I could come upstairs to tend to his wife. Mardie continued to clean the Thai woman's wounds while I followed them up to the third floor, carefully stepping through the slippery mud around the poolside, where the floodwater had subsided. The German woman was lying on a mattress on the exterior walkway floor. She had a fracture or severe bruise of her left shoulder, but could still move her arm. She had several severe lacerations and had thick tar adhering to her skin. I showed her family how to cut up some sheets and dress the wounds. I lent them my penknife to cut the hair around a deep scalp laceration. I then went downstairs briefly to make sure there were no more severe injuries and checked in with Mardie who was still tending the Thai woman's lacerations. I tried to ask the Thai hotel staff if there were any more severely wounded people. Although I got a negative reply, I was not sure that they had understood me or even canvassed the hotel. I went back upstairs, checked on the German woman, and got my penknife back. I heard an explosion and saw a roiling black mass of water next to a waterfront hotel. I thought it was a sewer line breaking. Mardie thought it was a dam failure, and many others thought it was a terrorist attack. Quickly after there were more distant explosions to the north up the beach, sounding like canon fire. The "explosions" were from the initial large wave slapping into the concrete buildings as the wave successively reached different points up the beach. Then I saw a swell of floodwater heading our way--- perhaps just a 3-4 foot deep plateau of water with a roiling mass of water and debris at the leading edge. Then I finally realized it was a tsunami, related to the earthquakes two hours earlier. However, even at that point I thought it was a small tsunami and did not understand the magnitude of the disaster because our view of the coast was blocked by the intervening palms and line of beachfront hotels. (1 of 2) A file photo taken on January 5, 2005 of the devastated district of Banda Aceh in Aceh province located on Indonesia's Sumatra island in the aftermath of the massive December 26, 2004 tsunami. #

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  1. The 2004 tsunami devastated the island paradise of Phuket, Thailand. Tsunami 2004 - Todesflut im Paradies Was für viele Familien als Traumurlaub begann, endete in einer der größten..
  2. More like this. phuket before tsunami 2004. 1. 12. Wow... it's beautiful... spend some time in phuket in 2004 as well. I still think it's one of the most beautiful pieces of the world.... *sigh*
  3. An aerial view of a destroyed and flooded village after waves hit following an earthquake near the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, on December 28, 2004. #
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(2 of 2) Tthe same location as above, photographed with a wide angle lens on December 1, 2014, showing the renovated mosque surrounded by new houses and rebuilt community. # We lingered at breakfast in the open air restaurant adjacent to the hotel lobby. As we later realized, almost all of the guests were from Europe, with very few visitors from Canada and the USA. Many did not speak English well and the Thai hotel staff knew just enough English to do their jobs rather than converse. Communications was to become a major problem. William, Mardie and I were just heading upstairs to change for the beach when we suddenly noticed people running into the lobby from the hotel entry driveway, shouting in Thai. We did not know what the commotion was about. Tsunami PATONG BEACH PHUKET THAILAND DEC 2004 หาดป่าตอง. February 2020. Thailand Tsunami 2004 - Koh Lanta. This is not a video of the first, biggest wave where the water retreated.. “The green, hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback turtles, which are found in tropical waters, live 18 feet from shore, making them vulnerable to waves that dumped dolphins and other sea creatures more than a half-mile inland. The olive ridley and leatherback are listed as threatened or endangered. In the tsunami-affected region, the olive ridley breed only on the Andaman Sea coast and nearly became extinct in Thailand, because their eggs were smuggled for food. Their numbers fell from 5,000 nests 50 years ago to fewer than 200 today. [Ibid]We went up to our second floor room and saw the floodwaters quickly fill up the courtyard around the pool, carrying chairs, palm fronds and other debris with it. A few minutes later a second, higher wave of floodwater entered the courtyard and filled the pool with mud and debris. The water eventually reached the lower edge of the sliding glass door to the room below us. It flooded out some bungalows, but only entered a few of the ground floor rooms in the main building. A sinkhole started to form underneath the patio below our room, and floodwater rushed under the building.

(1 of 2) All over Ton Sai Bay, the heart of Koh Phi Phi shops, restaurants and bungalows were totally wiped out following a Tsunami December 28, 2004 on Phi Phi Island, Thailand. # Tsunami in Thailand (2004), Phuket. December 26, 2004 - this day went down in historyAs a day of a tragedy of giant proportions, which took a huge number of lives An Indian woman mourns the death of her relative who was killed in the tsunami in Cuddalore, some 180 km (112 mi) south of the southern Indian city of Madras, on December 28, 2004. # Tsunami Disaster: Health Information for Humanitarian Workers. This page provides information on special items to pack and safety precautions. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tsunamis/humanitarian.asp It is not clear that the first aid I administered actually saved anyone's life. It eventually struck me that anyone who suffered a severe bleed or other trauma from the first tsunami wave was very unlikely to be able to climb to the second floor of the beachfront buildings before the second, larger wave arrived. Getting people out of the waterfront buildings as we did, would definitely have saved their lives if a later set of larger waves came in (especially if the incoming tide were higher during this full moon). On the other hand, if much larger waves struck while the volunteers from my hotel were hauling the improvised stretchers, we might have suffered further casualties. This has happened in Japan when firemen have arrived at a tsunami disaster too soon after the initial waves.

WHO South Asia Earthquakes & Tsunamis Web Site. Tsunami-related health information from the World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/hac/crises/international/asia_tsunami/en/ There were reports of children being bought for as little as $7.50 and being put to work in sex clubs, as beggars and as forced laborers. There were also reports of children being sold to Western couples wanting an adopted child. In many cases documentation linking a particular child to their parents had been destroyed. Raw Tsunami Video Phuket Thailand 2004. Tsunami 2004 - Todesflut im Paradies Was für viele Familien als Traumurlaub begann, endete in einer der größten Naturkatastrophen aller Zeiten “Much of the damage will heal quickly, re-creating vibrant habitats. Broken and toppled coral can continue to grow. Even dead reefs can recover, providing they haven't been buried, as coral larvae drift in and recolonize them. We also saw efforts to speed the recovery. In the Similan Islands the tsunami dislodged hundreds of delicate, decades-old sea fans, dooming them to drift around and eventually die. We watched divers in a project led by the Phuket Marine Biological Center swimming in pairs, holding six-foot (two-meter) sea fans between them like chandeliers and reattaching them to rocks using masonry nails and cement. [Ibid]

Raw Tsunami Video Patong Beach 2004. This amateur camcorder footage of the 2004 tsunami disaster was taken from inside a restaurant in Phuket, waves engulf older couple clinging to railing.. AP reported: “Endangered sea turtles were also casualties of the tsunami, with the monster waves possibly hastening their extinction, a marine expert said Saturday. At least 24 turtles swept up by the waves have been found on the shores of Phuket island, some dead, others with cuts, scrapes and broken shells. But the titanic wave also swept away about two dozen endangered olive ridley turtles that were part of a breeding program which had been increasing their numbers. "In the worse-case scenario, the effect of the tsunami could make some species of sea turtles extinct," said Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, a marine biologist at Phuket Marine Biological Center, said.[Source: Rungrawee C. Pinyorat, Associated Press, January 10, 2005] “Near Chulia Street, there was no shortage of Penangites who wanted to share their experiences---or the tales they had heard---with me. One told me that the tidal waves were as “high as a coconut tree”. Gesturing excitedly as he narrated his experiences to me, the municipal council worker, who had supposedly gone fishing at the time of the incident, then took a look at my notes and told me to make a correction. “Make it two coconut trees high,” he said with a straight face. [Ibid] Everyone needs to spend half an hour at home organizing a household emergency plan. This is especially relevant for those of us in Pacific rim countries who live in earthquake and tsunami country. An example of what to consider is at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/phepr/handbook/family.htm.


Crazy huge ass tsunami wave caught on film. Boxing Day, 2004. gazeintome-blog-blog (1 of 2) Acehnese walk amid dead bodies and debris thrown around by a Tsunami that hit the Indonesian City of Banda Aceh on December 28, 2004 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. #


About 3,000 people reported missing were never found and many bodies were nver identified. AP and R reported: “Southern Thailand’s status as a world-class tourist destination meant that victims of the disaster could come from literally anywhere around the globe. And due to the heat and the immersion of many bodies in water, the thousands of corpses are decomposing quickly, losing their identifying features. Specialists, such as dictors, dentist and police officers, always have a chance to quickly find a unique, identifying feature or mark, But their painstaking efforts could take months---or even come up blank.”Describing the findings of a two-week survey of coral reefs the Thailand coast around Phuket, Phi Phi and the Surin Island three and a half months after the December 2004 tsunami, Greg Stone of the New England Aquarium wrote in National Geographic: “After more than 500 dives at 56 sites, we found plenty of damage but even more reason for optimism. In the open ocean the tsunami's fast-moving waves were only a few feet high and posed little hazard to deepwater reefs. But in the shallows they slowed, piled up, and unleashed thousands of tons of force. Large bays, which can intensify the waves, were hit especially hard, with table corals big enough for a family dinner scattered and broken, and massive coral heads toppled and smothered in silt. [Source: Geographica, December 2005] “When the wall of water swept ashore, the immediate focus was on saving human lives, and marine center workers pitched in. Now they are finding the damage to the sea turtle was severe, perhaps irreparable. Since sea turtles move slowly, breathe through their lungs and need to surface regularly for oxygen, they were particularly susceptible to the tsunami. Some 20 out of 30 breeding olive ridley turtles that were raised in a cement pool near the sea were swept away. Their fate is unknown. It is unclear if they can survive in the sea. [Ibid]

Divers and volunteers put in long hours collecting debris from the sea floor. Elephants were put to work cleaning up debris. Divers cemented sea fans in place near the Simlian islands. It was hoped they would survive. Otherwise it would takes decades for new ones to grow back. Members of the Thai navy rescued the disoriented green turtle fond inland in a pond. Utility workers put up poles and power lines to restore electricity to tsunami-hit areas. A natural color satellite image shows the coastline of the southwestern city of Kalutara, Sri Lanka on December 26, 2004 at 10:20 a.m. local time, slightly less than four hours after the 6:28 a.m. (local Sri Lanka time) earthquake and shortly after the moment of tsunami impact. # There were many reports of scams, A provincial official in Phuket was arrested and charged for stealing $50,000 of government money earmarked to help victims of the tsunami. A well-connected tycoon grabbed up valuable beachfront property occupied by 50 families for a decade, They families protested but they didn’t have legally-documented land rights. Some scam projects enlisted foreign volunteers to help in the relief efforts. After the arrived they were taken to remote villages, robbed of their money and their passports and abandoned. Waves crash through houses at Maddampegama, Sri Lanka, on December 26, 2004. #

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(2 of 2) The same location as above, photographed on December 1, 2014, showing new houses and rebuilt community. # The United States has a history in the last 20 years of very limited contributions of foreign aid---in fact one of the lowest rates of contribution among major developed countries, i.e., less than $50 per person per year, less than 0.1% of our Gross National Product and seven times lower than many European countries. In fact, much of our foreign "aid" is military aid or economic assistance funding which simply offsets debt rather than provide direct assistance to help poor people get on their feet. There are plenty of unmet needs and missed opportunities. For example, 1 million children die each year from measles worldwide, and there are 140 million unplanned pregnancies per year. Yet the USA dramatically reduced our commitments to some of the most effective foreign aid programs: UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund, http://www.unfpa.org/, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, http://www.ippf.org/). After fomenting wars in Central America two decades ago, we backed off of reconstruction aid. The big publicity around new international AIDS resources has not been followed up with all the funding promised. Reconstruction aid to Honduras after Hurricane Mitch has been limited. The list goes on. 2004 Asian tsunami remembered - People walk among the rubble of the tsunami in Hambantota, Sri Lanka in January 2005. The Indian Ocean tsunami struck on 26 December 2004, causing massive.. R reported: “Tourism chiefs in tsunami-hit parts of southern Thailand are urging the media to stop writing stories about ghosts because they say it is scaring away holidaymakers. "It's inappropriate for media operators such as Thai television to be presenting this," Phattanaphong Ekwanich, president of the Phuket Tourism Business Association, was quoted as saying in the Nation newspaper."It's not amusing and also has a serious impact on the tourist industry, affecting Asian people in particular as many of them believe in spirits," he said. [Source: R, January 27, 2005]

boxing day tsunami 2004 - complete series 1/1 Phuket. Created to the 12 anniversary of the devastating tsunami in Asia Do not forget to visit and subscribe our Images from across Brazil over the recent weeks, as residents struggle with the COVID-19 outbreak and its wide-reaching effectsThe tsunami struck six provinces in Thailand. The final death toll was 5,395, of which 1,953 were believed to be foreigners. Another 2,929 were listed as missing, An estimated 2,000 people were killed in the fishing village of Ban Nam Khem. The village lost half of its residents.

The 2004 tsunami devastated the island paradise of Phuket, Thailand. Now, a group of young disaster survivors from across Asia are drawing inspiration from how the locals have rebuilt their communities Notice for Travelers Updated. This link provides information for people traveling to the areas that were affected by the South Asian tsunamis. http://www.cdc.gov/travel/other/tsunami_sasia_2004.htm Waves wash through houses at Maddampegama, about 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on December 26, 2004. Tsunami waves triggered by earthquakes crashed into villages along a wide stretch of Sri Lankan coast, killing more than 35,300 people and displacing millions. # As background: We were so far behind at work and at home, that even in early December we were not sure we could take the time for the trip. So on December 13 when we finally confirmed the hotel reservation, the waterfront hotels were booked for the Christmas holidays. The hotel we did get was spacious and had 36 acres of grounds with tropical plants (Duangjitt Resort on Patong Beach, http://www.duangjittresort-spa.com/). As our taxi drove from the Phuket Airport late on December 25, we passed through downtown Patong Beach and saw plenty of activity in the clubs and restaurants even at that hour. We checked into our hotel shortly after midnight, and noticed that there was still a party listening to the band in the open air bar. Those were the hotel guests who probably would sleep in and not go to the beach too early on December 26. At that point we did not have a clear understanding of where the beach was located in relation to the row of waterfront hotels. Those hotels were separated from the Duangjitt Hotel by a large lawn and garden, maybe 100 yards wide.

Camcorder footage of the 2004 tsunami disaster shot from the balcony of a motel. A short while later a much larger wave suddenly apears and can be seen breaking right in front of the beach and has such.. Air conditioning and water were restored to our room mid-day Monday. After breakfast we walked to the beach for the first time and surveyed the wreckage of the beachfront hotels. At the Sea Gull hotel, multiple cars were piled up against the seaward walls, and one car had slammed into the building perpendicularly so that it came to rest inside the guest room. It was obvious that anyone who could not find a stairway to an upper floor would not have survived the series of debris-laden waves. Work crews were cleaning some wreckage and pumping water out of several buildings, presumably looking for bodies. Khao Lak, just north of Phuket, saw some of the worst damage, with almost all of the beach's 30 hotels damaged. In Krabi province, the more casual Phi Phi Island was hit hardest, with most of its 15 hotels closed. Phuket fared better, tourism officials said, with 10 percent of the beaches affected. Tourists heading to other Thai locations eased the impact on Thailand as a whole, Buddhani said. While tourism was down international flights to Phuket were suspended or reduced by Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Orient Thai Airlines, SilkAir, Air Asia and Thai Airways. [Ibid] “As I drove around the disaster-hit areas of Gurney Drive, Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang and Tanjung Tokong, it was almost impossible to believe that a huge tidal wave had caused undue damage to these areas. The debris in these areas had been cleared and the streets cleaned up quickly. One unkind joke circulating on the island is that nature had decided to clean up the state, which had suffered some bad press for the sad state of affairs. [Ibid] (1 of 2) A file photo taken on January 9, 2005 of the impassable main coastal road covered with debris in Aceh Besar district, in Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island where surrounding houses and buildings were heavily damaged and coastal villages wiped out in the aftermath of the massive December 26, 2004 tsunami. #

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Ruins of a bridge that was hit by the tsunami, seen on December 14, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. # We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com. Soe, the eight-year-old daughter of a fisherman from Myanmar, rests in a hammock outside her family home in Ban Nam Khem, Thailand, on December 13, 2014. Ban Nam Khem, a small fishing village on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast and home to a large migrant workers' community, lost nearly half of its population of 5,000 in the 2004 tsunami. # The Thai ambulance crews were reassuring once they were able to reach the waterfront hotels near us (about 3 hours after the tsunami). I don't know how they prioritized evacuating the wounded from various sectors of Patong. Telephone service had been cut off, and nobody at our hotel seemed to have a radio or other means of contacting the 2 hospitals. The only question I had about how the ambulances operated was whether it would have been better to evacuate the injured from the back of the hotels instead of the front beach side, in case another big wave hit. The Thais brought in relief teams of surgeons and other personnel by Monday. The Thai news did discuss the need for psychological counseling among survivors, but the media also said that the country had very little capacity in mental health services. The disaster came on the heels of the bird flu outbreak and SARs scare. The Thai tourism minster said afterward: “We are back in business---most of our tourist resorts are operational. Only a few have been closed. The effect of the tsunami on the economy was expected to be less than that of SARS and bird flu. To help lure tourists back what would have otherwise been one of the peak season airlines lowered their fares and offered special package deals.

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Tsunami risk overviews: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake http://temp.water.usgs.gov/tsunami/ http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/tsunami/ http://www.pitt.edu/~super1/lecture/lec18071/index.htm http://www.geophys.washington.edu/tsunami/welcome.html http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/c1187/ http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/earthq4/severitygip.html According to the New York Times on January 5, 90% of the hotel rooms at Patong Beach were back in service, but not surprisingly, hotel occupancy was only 38%. At Khao Lak it may take a year for hotels to reopen. The press reported extensive, long-term damage to reef and mangrove ecosystems (e.g., Wall Street Journal, Jan. 17, 2005). But surveys by scientists and dive shop operators found that reef damage was quite variable, and many deeper reefs were not that heavily impacted (Science 2005, 307:657; http://www.scubacat.com/divesiteupdate.html). Salt water intrusion into lakes, streams, and ground water will have a long term impact on water supplies and ecosystems in many areas. Our vacation in Thailand took an ominous turn the day after Christmas. During the monumental Indian Ocean tsunamis on December 26, my wife, my son and I had just arrived at the south end of Patong Beach, on the island of Phuket, one of the severely impacted beach areas in Thailand. Our hotel was one building back from the beachfront hotels, so although there was brief flooding on the ground floor level and later problems with water and electricity, we were fine. My notes focus on the first three hours of first aid and rescue before the ambulances arrived---at one portion of one beach on one island. This kind of effort went on at thousands of locations around the Indian Ocean that morning against a backdrop of unknown risk of further tsunami waves. For these countries December 26, 2004 was like September 11, 2001 in the USA. People flee as a tsunami wave comes crashing ashore at Koh Raya, part of Thailand's territory in the Andaman islands, 23 kilometers from Phuket island, southern Thailand, on December 26, 2004. The photographer who took this picture escaped without injury, but retreated at the first wave and watched as a second wave tore apart the wooden buildings, with a third and largest wave coming forward and "ripping apart the cement buildings like they were made of balsa wood". # Tsunamis such as those that recently hit South Asia can have serious public health consequences. This page provides information on those issues as well as specific information on the events in South Asia. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tsunamis/

Thank you for visiting the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Survivor website. So we get on the boat, the captain said we need to go quickly because boats are sinking in Phuket Domestic and foreign media have reported dozens of ghost sightings in tsunami-affected areas as deeply superstitious, Buddhist Thais come to terms with the magnitude of the Dec. 26 disaster, which killed more than 5,300 people in Thailand, many of them foreign tourists. The encounters have ranged from backpackers heard laughing and shouting on deserted beaches to holidaymakers hailing a cab to the airport, only to disappear mysteriously along the way. Phattanaphong said the sightings could only be figments of the imagination because the correct religious rites had been performed to allow troubled spirits to move on to a peaceful resting place. As dusk approached, the three of us decided to have a quick dinner at a hillside hotel restaurant. Although the hillside apartments had electricity, the hotel did not, so we ate quickly by candlelight. We then walked back to the hotel by the light of the car traffic. Our hotel had partial power, presumably from generators, so there was light, but no air conditioning. The hotel staff and their Thai friends who volunteered to help had pulled together 2 large pots of rice and Thai curry that they offered for free to guests in the lobby.

“Thanom Duangsida, a 21-year-old law student who had come from Bangkok to cook for rescue workers, voiced a similar view as he stood outside the ruins of La Flora hotel on Bang Niang Beach at Khao Lak. "Some people think that because it's a disaster zone, they shouldn't come here." he said. "But I am a Thai person, and I want the foreigners to come because its good for my country." [Ibid] The first prediction of a 3 PM tsunami passed, then the second prediction of a 5 PM tsunami also did not pan out. I read for a while. Several times there was a commotion on the road down below as trucks, cars and motorbikes would flee away from the beach, taking up both lanes of the road. The trigger for the panic was never clear. At 3 PM a policeman appeared on the road about half way to the beach. I watched through binoculars as he diverted traffic away from the beach, but allowed pedestrians to pass in either direction. We thought this was a further sign of an impending new tsunami, but we never knew the reason. After 15 minutes the policeman disappeared, and traffic resumed as before. Browse all 63,372 Phuket topics ». Tsunami. Watch this Topic Emergency meetings were held after the earthquakes at the offices of the Thai Meteorological department about issuing a tsunami warning. According to the Thai newspaper the Nation a “very important factor” in the decision not to issue a warning was a fear that the tourism industry and the department itself would suffer if a tsunami did not occur. Before the disaster warning to set up a warning system and preparation plan were ignored and even mocked for raising unnecessary alarm.

About 70 percent of damaged areas in the three worst hit provinces were rebuilt three months after the tsunami. The Thai government turned down a $20 million aid offer from Japan, saying he Japanese government should offer the money to recipients countries more in need. Memories of Phuket Tsunami. Here are just a few photos I took on the day the tsunami hit Phuket December 26, 2004, and the weeks that followed One advantage we had in this disaster was that unlike in the USA, the hotel rooms had lots of bottled water. So even though the piped water was not working, there was plenty of bottled water for cleaning wounds and hydrating survivors. In this photo taken by a tourist Eric Skitzi from England, tourists watch as tsunami waves hit the shore from inside the Casuarina Beach Hotel resort in Penang, northwestern Malaysia around 1:00pm local time (0500GMT) on December 26, 2004. The resort hotel lifeguards noticed waves were huge and sounded warning to all tourists around the hotel beach area to run to the safety area. # People light candles as survivors, local residents and visitors gather for a ceremony for victims of 2004 tsunami in Ban Nam Khem, a southern fishing village destroyed by the wave, on December 26, 2014. In Thailand, where 5,395 people were killed, among them about 2,000 foreign tourists, commemoration ceremonies will be held in Ban Nam Khem. #

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Tsunami December 2004 Phuket. Shelby Frank. 0:50. Phuket vigil for 2004 Tsunami victims. euronews (in English). 7:44. Thailand and South East Asia Tsunami video On Tuesday, December 28 we took an early taxi to the airport thinking that the road though the center of Patong Beach would be congested or blocked and that the airport would be crowded. In fact the inland route through town had only a little flood debris, and the airport was not particularly crowded. The Thai Airlines ticket agent said that 20 agents had been brought in from Bangkok on Monday, and 10 additional flights had been added for the mass exodus. There was an Italian Air Force C-141 and a Thai cargo plane on the tarmac. But other than that, the only evidence of anything unusual was the occasional tourist with bruises or multiple lacerations on the legs. Prior to the tsunami of 26th December 2004, there have been no major natural disasters in Thailand for generations. Phuket has received intense media coverage, but in reality, due to the geophysical..

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Looking at the news photos of Phi Phi Island, I wonder if the less substantial beachfront buildings there could have been a factor in the more extensive damage inland (initial reports from geologists suggest that the the tsunami waves were 5 meters high where we were at Patong Beach, and 5-6 meters high at Phi Phi). Also the tourist village at Phi Phi island is on a low beach saddle, whereas the beach at Patong is below a small seawall that probably absorbed some of the waves' energy. The tsunami waves were quite variable over the region, presumably due to differences in local seabed topography. On Phuket Island, Patong and Kamala beaches were badly affected, but many other beaches were untouched. Khao Lak, to the north of Phuket island had waves 10-11 meters high (see aerial photo above). (2 of 2) A view of the same area of Lampuuk, prior to the ten year anniversary of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami on December 11, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. # Download 212 Tsunami Phuket Stock Photos for FREE or amazingly low rates! New users enjoy 60% OFF. 122,192,072 stock photos online Visitors take pictures of the glowing names of tsunami victims at Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh on December 26, 2014. Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region. #

tsunami phuket 2004. Copyright. © © All Rights Reserved. Download Now. saveSave tsunami phuket 2004 For Later. 29 views. 00 upvotes00 downvotes An American I had not seen before stood on a chair and shouted over people in the lobby to tell them to keep calm, keep children nearby, not to run, and to check in for possible word of an evacuation. I thought he was the hotel manager, but we later learned that Michael Hoffman had just arrived from his home in Copenhagen and was checking in to the hotel when the tsunami hit. At this point, North Americans and Europeans watching television already had news of the huge earthquake and risk of tsunamis, but I did not understand the extent of damage even on our own beach. I mistakenly thought that the tsunami wave that hit our beach was not much higher than the torrent of water that reached our hotel.

Tsunami 2004 - Todesflut im Paradies Was für viele Familien als Traumurlaub begann, endete in (26 Dec 2004) 437671 Thailand Tsunami Amvid of wave hitting Patong beach, plus Phuket aftermath.. The tsunami hit Phuket on the morning of December 26, 2004. More than 5,000 people, mostly international tourists, were killed in Thailand's six Andaman coastal provinces when the killer waves.. “An estimated 20,000 people have lost their jobs. Hotel maids now make ends meet by scavenging scrap metal. Fishermen repair nets because fish consumption has fallen sharply out of fears that fish feed on bodies. With Phuket earning $2 billion a year in tourism revenue, the island may be losing $100 million a month. So many Thais see the arrival of tourists as an act of solidarity. "We want everything to come back as normal," said Yotin Tiemchan, an optometrist's assistant. "The government should assure foreigners that this is a safe place." [Ibid] Visiting Phuket and phiphi island next month, are the damages of the tsumani still visible? I was there during the Tsunami and helped with the clear up, alot of the places depending on the direction..

“Development on shore often worsened the damage by providing an ample supply of debris, including refrigerators, cars, and roofing, which battered the reefs as it was swept out to sea. And near the earthquake's epicenter off Indonesia---far from our survey---the seafloor was heaved up by an estimated 16 feet (4 meters), lifting some coral clear out of the water. [Ibid] The tsunami was travelling with so much energy it went as far as 5,000km to Africa, where it Over 500,000 people were injured by the tsunami, with a further 150,000 at risk from infectious diseases in..

ABC News reports from Thailand on December 26, 2004, on the devastation caused by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake that struck off the west coast of the island of The tsunami and its aftermath were responsible for immense destruction and loss on the rim of the On December 26, 2004, at 7:59 am local time, an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 struck..

We put our feet in the Andaman Sea and then headed back to our hotel to rest for the day. Mardie picked up a small, oil stained plastic dove. The water was calm and inviting, but no one was swimming in the sea that had erupted so violently a few hours before. Back at our hotel, the main pool was filled with debris, but a smaller, slightly elevated pool was a place of surreal refuge for many of the guests. Reporting from Penang, Wong Chun Wai wrote in The Star: Shortly after noon, a tremor hit Penang, sending workers of Komtar running out of their offices in panic. The 30-second tremor was caused by an earthquake in West Sumatra. It shook furniture and rattled the window panes of Komtar, which was then still under construction. It had reached the 60th storey, with five more storeys to go before it was completed. For many Penangites, who work in high-rise buildings, the “dizzy spell” after each tremor, has always been a laughing matter. Perhaps, even a good time-off from their mundane office work at each evacuation. [Source: Wong Chun Wai, The Star (Malaysia), December 28, 2004] (1 of 2) An aerial shot taken from a US Navy Seahawk helicopter from carrier USS Abraham Lincoln shows devastation caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami to the west of Aceh on January 8, 2005 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. # Acehnese women cry as they pray at mass grave to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami on December 26, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. #

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