Sumatera Offshore Earthquake 26 Dec 2004
A magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered tsunamis across Asia on Sunday, December 26, 2004. According to the latest news by Asahi.com and Yomiuri On-Line, the number of killed has excessed 13000 people involving around 10 countries, and the number is still increasing. Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, were the 3 countries most seriously damaged. And the tidal waves even reaching Africa.
This was the 4th strongest earthquake ever happened since 1900. The energy from the magnitude 9.0 was 300 times stronger than the one in Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. Japan itself, has never experienced earthquake magnitude more than 8.0 yet.
My sensei was telling me in 1960 when the great earthquake of magnitude 9.5 happened in Chile, this largest earthquake in the world didn't care much by Japan at that moment. However, after 22 hrs, the tidal wave reached Japan which is 17000 km apart and caused around 140 deaths and $50 million damage. Ever since, the tsunami warning network between the circum-Pacific earthquake belt was established to inform the regions of the Pacific area. However, there is no such system among the victim regions when Sumatera Offshore Earthquake happened this time.
I used to like the word tsunami very much, because of 'Tsunami' song by Southern All Star (サザンオールスターズ). But now, though I still like the song, but the word Tsunami has turned into something different to me. Just like the word 'earthquake' in my dictionary not the same anymore ever since I started to experience the scary feeling when earthquake on.
Every year I made a New Year resolution for the world peace. Next year, please... be a peaceful year from natural disaster... Will 'you' hear that?