Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Direct Relief for Tsunami

One of my contacts in India sent me the following. If you want to donate directly to an organization in India that has been providing social services to people for a long time this is an option that I would encourage you to consider.

You can donate directly, please read directions carefully. Also, let me know, what you send, I have set a modest goal of $500 and would like to track the progress of donations through these efforts.


Dear Sir, I thank you for consulting me about your wish to help the Tsunami victims. since long, I have been searching for the right organisation for such donations, so that my money isused properly and all of it goes to the needy and poor. I have found the 'Ramakrishna Mission' of Belur Math,West Bengal ideal for this purpose. This is a very old institution , founded by Swami Vivekananda and is run by a group of dedicated and honest men who have left their personal interests of lifetime for the sake of social welfare.This group has been serving the needy people since many years.The organisation has got experienced and selfless persons in the institutions to conduct such work honestly and efficiently. Ramakrishna mission has swung into action since Day One of the disaster in the worst hit areas like coastal land of Tamilnadu, Andaman, Nikobar Islands and Battikalova of Shrilanka. Their site gives details of the work done by them so far and is self explanatory. The site also mentions their SWIFT account number for foreign donations.My small amount of donation I have sent to their postal address and I feel you may safely send your donation and those of your friends to them . I am sure, that it will be utilised properly and immediatley for the needy people of the Tsunami hit areas. Their site address is as follows:A)
for latest informationB)
for information of work done at Chennai and even for“ONLINE” donation.

Thanking again,
Regards[Sham Shrinivas Yemul]
107 Sakhar peth, Solapur
Maharashtra, INDIAEmail :

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Tsunami

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in south Asia is unquestionably one of the largest disasters of our time. The scope is unimaginable. The effect on coastlines is many thousands of miles, lots of which is in areas that are difficult to access under good circumstances.

Sungchul sent a simulation.

The shemac sent me the following article.
Thanks to both.

Tsunami Warning Failed to Get Through-Thai Expert

By Crispian Balmer
PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - A Thai expert said on
Monday he tried to warn the government a deadly
tsunami might be sweeping toward tourist-packed
beaches, but couldn't find anyone to take his calls.

Samith Dhammasaroj said he was sure a tsunami was
coming as soon as he heard about the massive Dec. 26
earthquake off Indonesia's Sumatra island that
measured magnitude 9.0 -- the world's biggest in 40

"I tried to call the director-general of the
meteorological office, but his phone was always busy,"
Samith said as he described his desperate attempts to
generate an alert which might have saved thousands of

"I tried to phone the office, but it was a Sunday and
no-one was there," said the former chief of the
meteorological department now charged with setting up
an early warning disaster system for Thailand.

"I knew that one day we would have this type of
tsunami. I warned that there would be a big disaster,"
he told reporters.

"Everyone laughed at me and said I was a bad guy who
wanted to ruin the tourist industry," he added.

The tsunami took just 75 minutes to hit the beaches
and islands of Thailand's Andaman Sea coast, 375 miles
from the earthquake's epicenter.

Now more than 5,100 people are dead, nearly half of
them foreign tourists who abandoned Europe's cold,
dark winter for golden sands and turquoise seas, and
left 3,800 missing, nearly 1,700 of them foreigners.

Downstairs from where he spoke, dozens of foreigners
were still scanning message boards, trying to match
grisly photos of bloated, battered bodies to the
smiling pictures of missing friends and relatives.

"I feel very sorry for the people who died," Samith
said. "I will make sure this thing does not happen

The early warning system for Thailand -- which has not
had a natural disaster in living memory worse than
floods during the annual monsoon -- would be ready in
six months, Samith promised.

"We will make the system very efficient," he said.


Preliminary investigations by a team of six Japanese
experts showed that the wall of water hit beaches
along the Thai coast at different speeds and heights,
with the phenomenon exacerbated by a high tide that
fed the tsunami as it neared land.

Khao Lak beach, lined with hotels and resorts
especially popular among Scandinavians and Germans
just north of Phuket, took the worst hit from waves up
to 10.5 meters (34 ft) high.

They roared up Khao Lak's gently sloping beach at
speeds of up to 8 meters a second (29 kilometers an
hour), said Professor Hideo Matsutomi, who led the
Japanese team.

"There have been six major tsunami in this region
since 1797, but I think this last tsunami was the
biggest," he said.

Tsunami are much more frequent in the Pacific Ocean
and countries there have long established an early
warning system to protect them from disaster.

Samith said countries in the Indian Ocean had to
follow suit and set up a network of underwater sea
monitors which might cost as little as $20 million to

Warnings of imminent inundations would be sent out
automatically on television and radio and by text
messages to mobile phones.

The system would help woo back tourists scared away by
the mass loss of life, Samith said.

"No-one can predict an earthquake, but you can predict
a tsunami," he said. "We will build a good system."