The Human Side of the Asian Tsunami's
The travesty currently unfolding on TV
screens worldwide of the death and destruction throughout SE
Asia is truly tragic. However, the pure scale of the
devastation is almost too much for the average mind to
comprehend. As the number of lives lost is updated on an
almost hourly basis, we tend to become numbed by the barrage
of statistics. Whether itís 60,000 lives lost, or 80,000, or
100,000, our minds go into automatic protection mode and
(thanks to the style of reporting by media powerhouses) we
donít think of the long term consequences of a catastrophe
like this. Even further from our mind is how this tragedy
could have any bearing on our sheltered lives.
Keep reading to see what lessons we can all
learn from this catastrophe.
It was a mere 6 weeks ago that I was in the
region. The beach on Phi Phi Island, where I reclined while
watching a nighttime fire and dance show, is destroyed, along
with most of the bungalows. Kata Beach, a beautiful pristine
beach on Phuket, where I enjoyed a thrilling morning of
jet-skiing, is no more. The remains of boats and jetskiís are
littered throughout hotel lobbies. The Boathouse Hotel, where
I enjoyed a sumptuous 7-course degustation dinner, has been
completely washed away. Theptaro Resort in Kao Lak, the
gateway to the Similan Islands, where I celebrated my birthday
in October, has been flooded. All the beaches are destroyed.
The live-aboard dive boat, on which I spent a 4-day dive trip
around the Similan Islands, has disappeared without a trace,
together with the unfortunate souls onboard at the time. A
hotel swimming pool, at which I spent many hours at the
swim-up bar, is currently filled with beach sand, palm trees,
destroyed fishing boats and other debris. Many friends and
associates have not been contactable. For me, there is clearly
a human side to the destruction throughout SE Asia.
Thankfully, there is one miracle Iím aware
of: a dear friend of mine, who was working as a dive master in
Kao Lak, boarded a plane which departed Kuala Lumpur, the
capital of Malaysia, a mere 15 minutes before the earthquake
struck. The passengers were blissfully unaware of how close
theyíd come to being trapped in the region until they were
swamped with reporters at Londonís Heathrow airport. I thank
God that she was spared.
Here is a map which shows the earthquakeís
epicenter and resulting shock waves:
images.thetimes.co.uk. To date 11 countries have
been affected, from Thailand to the east coast of Africa.
Here is an additional
Statistics of the quake which caused the
tsunamis can be found here:
Not yet considered by the news networks is
the long term economic impact on the region. Thailandís
tourism industry, which for the past few years has helped
reestablish the countryís weak economy, is pretty much
destroyed. Islands which attract thousands of holiday makers
each year will be avoided for years to come, while a slow
cleanup process continues. The previously stunning coral
reefs, which attract thousands of international divers
annually, have been obliterated. Coral takes many, many years
to re-grow, and fish will simply seek other reefs to breed and
feed. The Similan Islands, one of the top 10 dive sites in the
world, have in an instant had their status annihilated. The
economic effect of these tsunamis will be felt for many years
to come, and a region already struggling economically has been
dealt a devastating blow.
The destruction aside, there is a
disturbing coincidence surrounding these events.
Exactly 1 year ago, on December 26th, 2003,
Iran was struck by a massive 6.6 earthquake which killed more
than 30,000. At the time there was speculation that the Iran
quake may have been triggered by increased HAARP activity. See
the following articles for more details:
While itís obviously too early to tell
whether the same is true in the SE Asian tragedy, the
coincidence is just too eerie to ignore the possibility. Rest
assured that I will update you as soon as any reports along
these lines start surfacing.
At the very least, it appears the US may
have had advance warning of the tsunamis, and failed to sound
the alarm. See
What Lessons Can be
I started this email by saying that for
those uninvolved in a major tragedy, our minds protect us by
removing any sense of personal connection to the event.
However, even though we may not be directly affected, there
are still important lessons to be learnt, the most important
of which, is to be prepared at all times.
No-one could have predicted the events in
SE Asia. For all of the tourists tragically involved, the
thought of any impending calamity would have been furthest
from their mind. Instead, they basked in the sun, swam in the
sea and generally relaxed after a stressful year. Disaster
strikes when one least expects it. Generally speaking, only
those who have developed a survivalist mentality are capable
of avoiding serious injury.
If we are to learn any personal lessons
from these tsunamis, take note of what issues survivors are
faced with now:
lack of food and water;
the spread of disease;
blocked transport routes, including not
being able to leave the disaster area;
inability to communicate when phone
systems clog up or fail completely;
and a sense of despair when help doesnít
arrive quickly enough.
Iím going to go out on a limb and predict
that the world will experience an even more tragic event
before 2005 draws to a close. I wish that werenít the case,
but global events and conditions are quickly coming together
such that a world government can soon be implemented. One of
the prerequisites for such a government is widespread fear and
panic, and what better way to cause it than real or imagined
natural disasters. Can you say ĎThe Day After Tomorrow?í
Iíve prepared a detailed preparatory plan,
which you can find at our Be
Prepared Section. Please read it. Study it with your
Share it with your friends. Stay prepared. Donít become a
statistic in the next disaster.
Until next time,
Think and be free.
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