Aug 31, 2005, 9:35 AM
Post #33 of 46
It's useful to remember that the final death toll from the Loma Prieta ('89) earthquake in the Bay Area was 63, well below the 300 expected deaths. Over 3,500 people were injured and 100,000 buildings damaged. In Louisiana & Mississippi, the toll is not yet taken but they're talking about the hundreds.
In contrast, the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed between 170,000 and 220,000 people, and devastated land in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, the Maldives, Somalia, Myanmar, Malaysia, and others. Entire islands were swept clean of towns, ports, everything. The farthest tsunami-related death happened in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Countries like Sweden and Germany lost over 500 citizens in the disaster.
In Bagdad this morning, close to 700 people were killed in a stampede triggered by rumors that a suicide bomber was abroad.
That it happened on "our property" makes it seem more alarming.