I am also quite struck by what has happened. Fortunatly, I have heard from my friends who are travelling in this part of the world, and they are fine.
I myself, have just booked tickets to go to Sri Lanka and India in March. Now, I am not sure what to do, as I am leaving for NZ at the end of January on the way round. Hopefully things will have calmed down enough for me to still visit! I guess I will have to wait and see.
My thoughts and best wishes go out to all those who have suffered, hopefully I will be able to contribute to there future wellbeing.
Amateur video: Tidal waves in Penang, Malaysia
Update by The Star Newsdesk
Tidal waves in Kerunchut Beach, Penang recorded by CHONG THEAN WONG:
Click here to view (1.05MB)
(Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/12/30/latest/20427Amateurvi )
Bob Flinn, well said.
Tsunami this big -only happens once in few hundred years. Cupacha, you should go ahead with your plans and let fate decides. I might sound crazy but I am a great believer of fate. If we start worrying, we will end up going nowhere.
I have some colleagues who work in the Intel office in Penang. I have not been able to contact them, but I am not sure whether this is because they are on seasonal vacation or whether something terrible has happened. Do you know if the area was really badly hit? To be honest I don't know what part of the island the office is in, or even how big the island is, but I am quite concerned.
Any information you have would be great
I am a student at Gonzaga University. Several of my friends are studying in Florence, Italy for the school year. They were spending Christmas in Thailand when the tsunami hit. I have been able to contact any of them, but news reports believe that they were inland and were not injured. Please keep them in your prayers. I still would like to help volunteer my time and effort to help those countries that were so highly impacted by this terrible tragedy. Does anybody know of a way to travel to one of these countries on a college student's budget and lend aid to the task at hand?
My deepest symapthy to all those affected by this huge disaster.
The tragedy just seems to be deepening by the hour . . .I feel for everyone in the countries affected who has lost their home, a loved one, livelihood, everything . . . .and also for those fellow travellers who have been injured or lost their lives . . .it is just awful.
For those in the UK, hthe Disaster Emergency Committee has just set up their appeal which includes the 12 main charities sending out support . . their website is www.dec.org.uk . . . I know help is needed now in all these countires, but perhaps we on this site can also help ensure that the help continues even after the initial world coverage abates.
Love and thoughts to everyone affected . . . . .Becky
I've friends working in Intel Penang as well.
Don't worry, Intel is not located close to the beach, it's at the south of Penang Island. Your friend should be safe and alright.
"Luckly" it happens during noon time, if it happens in the evening of 5-6pm... I bet it'll be worst due to the crowded beach and normally there'll be more ppl surrounding the beach area for a beach walk or having candle light dinner.
Maybe you can give me their names, and I could ask my friends who work in there to check it out for you.
I'm looking for news of ALBERTO CIRIO, from Turin, Italy, who was heading to Koh Lipe, Thailand, according to his last email of the 23/12/04. He has a tatoo of a scorpion on his right arm.
Here's a picture of him: http://max.fate16.com/alberto_cirio/alberto_cirio.jpg
Anyone with any news, please mail me back at -snip-
[ Edit: email removed to avoid spam ]