By: RaY KinZoKu

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Sunday, 26-Dec-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark

My personal experience with earthquake was in 2003 when I was in Osaka, Japan.
It was very small really, furnitures and the entire apartment building which I lived in just shook lightly for a few seconds.

But on the 26 Dec morning, around 10:00 am, currently in my hometown, I noticed the chandeliers swung slowly exactly like what I saw happening to my belongings back in Japan during the minor earthquake.
I dismissed it as an earthquake since Malaysia is considerably safe from earthquake especially this part of Malaysia (Malay Peninsular, East Coast). However, the evening news proved that it was indeed an earthquake. Not in Malaysia but just next door !

It was indeed terrible.
An underwater earthquake just off the coast of Acheh, a northern Sumatran province (Indonesia) had gone off with 8.9 reading on the Richter scale at the epicentre. The aftershocks around Andaman Islands (between Myanmar and Indonesia) brought more bad news.
The price?
Currently 11, 000 mainly in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and even some in Thailand and Malaysia are found dead and the numbers are still rising.
The cause?
Not building rubbles, fallen broken glasses, or traffic accidents but TSUNAMI !
Ironically, Malaysians never expected Tsunamis to come to their shores.

The Shockwave reached Kelate

View slideshow of the disaster here

Background song: TSUNAMI by Southern All Stars

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