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2004-12-30 08:49:50 AM  
Actually skinink California is really really farking rich, and because of that buildings are built to withstand earthquakes. Granted a 9.0 would cause some deaths but nothing near the 100,000 range.

/A tsunami however..
 
2004-12-30 08:50:05 AM  
In CNN's story this morning, they have a soundbite from a victim asking, "Where is America?"

No doubt, this is a tragedy, but what the hell are we supposed to do? Fly thousands of aid workers out there to further deplete their supplies? Give everyone a shiny new Ford? Fly backward around the Earth like Superman to prevent the tsunami?

We can't snap our fingers and put everything back the way it was. If you believe that, you've been buying in to the American PR machine a bit too much.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-12-30 08:50:23 AM  
skinink

I think Oregon and Washington have more to worry about. The Cascadia subduction zone lets loose a magnitude 9 earthquake about every 300 years. The last one was on January 26, 1700. We know the exact date because the resulting tsunami was five meters high when it hit Japan and was recorded there. National Geographic has a summary.
 
2004-12-30 08:50:32 AM  
This is all truly sad.

And to all the people who are trying to make this a flamewar thread, don't worry. Your kind will take over Congress and the Presidency after the Rapture.
 
2004-12-30 08:50:40 AM  
After the cholera and dysentary, there're gonna be over a quarter million dead.

Holy farking shiat!
 
2004-12-30 08:50:55 AM  
CNN must be creaming their pants, they get to have a deathfest, showing rotting bodies, etc, their favorite.

For the first 10 hours after the event they dedicated about 30 seconds to a minute to it when they though 3000-7000 non white people died.
 
2004-12-30 08:51:04 AM  
 
2004-12-30 08:51:19 AM  
errata:

300,000
disaster
current life
 
2004-12-30 08:51:41 AM  
Imagine what would have happened if it had hit say the East Coast
 
2004-12-30 08:51:51 AM  
I sense the infinity symbol soon to be added to this post

/this is sad - thats a hell of a lot of people
 
2004-12-30 08:51:59 AM  
sidgoop:

My hyper religioius sister-in-law is using this to fuel her "end times" tirade. I told her things like this have happened throughout history. She refuses to believe me. God, why couldn't have you taken her instead?

Tell her about the 830,000 killed in China in 1556, or the 650,000 believed to have died in a 1976 China quake. Those two alone make this look like peanuts in terms of "end times" events.
 
2004-12-30 08:53:42 AM  
I honestly don't intend this as a troll, but this number really doesn't surprise me. Considering how many people live in that corner of the world, and including the fact that towns and cities very often are located on rivers and coastlines, I'm actually surprised that the number didn't reach six digits much earlier.

I just hope it doesn't reach into seven digits, which it might before the affected region can support itself again.
 
2004-12-30 08:53:53 AM  
On the main page, on the right, there is a link about donating through a paypal account.
 
2004-12-30 08:55:09 AM  
That's too many, God.

Please stop now.
 
2004-12-30 08:55:21 AM  
someone really outta give these poor people swimming lessons
 
2004-12-30 08:55:25 AM  
Well...I am totally willing to organize this. I would be happy to set up a simple webpage with a link to "donate in the name of Fark."

We would:

1. Need to decide before hand which charity the money would go to
2. Be set a deadline

There are plenty of other Farkers here at Ball State...It would be best to get them involved so we have two or three person integrity on this end to assure everyone this is on the up and up...

-MAB
 
2004-12-30 08:55:47 AM  
Thanks, Korb, that's what I was talking about.

/lame with numbers
 
2004-12-30 08:56:05 AM  
In CNN's story this morning, they have a soundbite from a victim asking, "Where is America?"

No doubt, this is a tragedy, but what the hell are we supposed to do? Fly thousands of aid workers out there to further deplete their supplies? Give everyone a shiny new Ford? Fly backward around the Earth like Superman to prevent the tsunami?

We can't snap our fingers and put everything back the way it was. If you believe that, you've been buying in to the American PR machine a bit too much.


Unfortunately, the more we act like we can do anything without anyone's help, the more people believe it.
 
2004-12-30 08:56:17 AM  
That should be "Set a deadline" not "Be set a deadline"
 
2004-12-30 08:56:20 AM  
Pray for the families, the people trying to survive, and the brave people bringing aid to this area.
 
2004-12-30 08:56:37 AM  
I go to bed... 77,000

I wake up... 115,000


who's the ass that pissed off mother nature ?!
 
2004-12-30 08:56:41 AM  
That figure is like the entire city of Albany, NY and the surrounding capital district just dropping dead at a moment's notice. That's some crazy perspective.
 
2004-12-30 08:56:45 AM  
Saw some satelite pics of when the water receded from the beach in one spot. My only comment is how the hell could you see the waterline recede 300 yards and not think something horrible was imminent? Supposedly some people ran out on the newly created "beach" to check it out!
Hell of an end to a farked up year. Let's hope we can all do what we can to help the survivers; and that 2005 is a sight better.
 
2004-12-30 08:56:56 AM  
Does anyone happen to know how far inland the tsunami affected? Like, if this were to hit the East or West Coast of the United States, what states behind New York/California would be flooded as well?
 
2004-12-30 08:57:35 AM  
I have a co-worker who is a Southern Pentocostal. She said that the pastor of her church remarked that since those people were not Christians that they deserve no sympathy. I really, really want to make a visit to this church and beat the shiat out of him in front of his entire congregation. I have never in my life heard of any Christian being so callous and cold in regards to one of the biggest natural disasters in history. It makes me sick to my stomach that a man in his position would forget everything his bible taught him about tolerance and not judging. I sincerely hope that these survivors get the aid they need to continue their lives and pray that the world can minimize the casualties from lack of food and disease.
 
2004-12-30 08:57:43 AM  
Korb:

Tell her about the 830,000 killed in China in 1556, or the 650,000 believed to have died in a 1976 China quake. Those two alone make this look like peanuts in terms of "end times" events.

or the 60+ million killed in WW2.

world isn't ending, it was a tidal wave - it sucks, but it happens.
 
2004-12-30 08:57:47 AM  
That number is simply unfathomable.
 
2004-12-30 08:57:48 AM  
Wow--and you Florida Farkers thought those hurricanes were bad....

There's already talk a nuke was detonated that caused the earthquake--exactly one year after this quake in Iraq. I kinda doubt it, but in this day and age, who knows anymore.

Over a hundred thousand...the Titanic disaster and 9/11 combined pale compared to this.... :(
 
2004-12-30 08:58:38 AM  
tornadoes in SoCAL ?
 
2004-12-30 08:58:45 AM  
If drew or the mods set up a link to an aid account I'd give up some loot.

I wouldn't trust the rest of you, probably spend it on booze or drugs...which is what I'd spend it on anyway.

Maybe we should just post some links to monetary aid sites that are already set up?
 
GSC
2004-12-30 08:59:06 AM  
the number keeps rising like an ebay auction.
i wonder who will buy it.
 
2004-12-30 08:59:13 AM  
You know you can make donations online to groups like "Doctors without borders" and the money goes direct from your credit card or debit card to their account. I think the credit companies and banks give a special rate to those organizations so if you like send 5 dollars they get 4:98 and not 4:85 like might normally happen. I challenge all farkers, er at least those old enough to have bank accounts to go for it. It cannot hurt to try.

BTW, has anyone given any thought to the idea of what happened here as a NATURAL disaster and our great and glorious governments want to keep their hands on nuclear bomb triggers?
 
2004-12-30 08:59:28 AM  
Show a little love folks, be you christian or not.
google.com and redcross.org are good places to start.
/gave $100
 
2004-12-30 09:00:03 AM  
2004-12-30 08:40:12 AM NubianzWithAttitude
George Bush declares War on Temblor

I hate to admit it, but that was funny.

2004-12-30 08:47:52 AM mostlycrap
It would be cool to send something from "The Fark Community"... Anyone have an advance on the Paypal idea?

I believe this is already being done by someone (I think his name is spookcomix). You can use PayPal. As of yesterday, they had raised over $700 and counting. I think there's a Fark classified on it. All $$ going to AmeriCares, which (as HappyDaddy will attest) is a top-notch organization and well-suited for this type of relief effort.
 
2004-12-30 09:00:09 AM  
That would probably work better...
 
2004-12-30 09:00:33 AM  
can we stop trying to compare natural disaters to man made ones?

Its really stupid.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-12-30 09:01:21 AM  
Like, if this were to hit the East or West Coast of the United States, what states behind New York/California would be flooded as well?

There is an equation which roughly approximates the runup distance but I won't be able to find it before this thread dies. IIRC, if you live below the tsunami height and less than 100 times its height inland, you're in trouble. Terrain type matters -- rough land and buildings slow the wave more than plains.
 
2004-12-30 09:01:33 AM  
wow, some of the comments are really ..in bad taste..but this is fark.
im not to sure on the numbers, maybe counting twice some missing person reports. i just dont see how they could have a real number that high, that fast.
/or could be just wishfull thinking on my part............
i hope their wrong
 
2004-12-30 09:01:45 AM  
Flipper the Dolphin - keep your fairytales and inflammatory comments to yourself.
 
2004-12-30 09:01:51 AM  
Awesome...glad we are doing something...:) Ignore the earlier posts...
 
2004-12-30 09:01:59 AM  
Everybody just remember to donate. If the toll is now 115000 with money we can save tens of thousands and give some comfort to hundreds of thousands maybe millions.

Some communities that survived lost pretty much all their kids.

I donated 100 Euros, but now it seems pretty insignificant, but hopefully many of you will/have done the same.
 
2004-12-30 09:01:59 AM  
I do have a PayPal account. I volunteer to take up a collection. My e-mail address is lex-r­a[nospam-﹫-backwards]ooh­ay*com.

Now we need to vote on a charity. If they take PayPal, great--you guys can just send it there. Otherwise I can just write a check and send it.
 
2004-12-30 09:02:13 AM  
can we stop trying to compare natural disaters to man made ones?

Its really stupid.


Yes, please, for the love of God.
It's farking annoying and I feel like crying anyway.
 
2004-12-30 09:02:23 AM  
mostlycrap
Here is my contact info if anyone has suggestions on how to get the ball rolling:

maboylebsu.edu


It sounds like there's not a lot of support here, unfortunately.

There is a link in the Classifieds already set up.

I think it'd be great to get the Fark folks to set something up - any mods/admins around that can offer their $0,02?

And, for what it's worth, if there was ever a time not to feed the trolls, this would be it. You can't stop people from being idiots, but you can stop paying attention to them.
 
2004-12-30 09:03:04 AM  
I realize a lot of people perished in this earthquake but let's keep a perspective.

The bombs devastated both cities. About 70,000 people died at Hiroshima and about 40,000 at Nagasaki, and many thousands more were injured.

We kill more people in 8 seconds than the earthquake did in a day. Mother nature has yet to beat that.

I think they skew the numbers a bit because it helps with humanitarian relief and disaster aid the more people dead the more money is given. Plain fact.
 
2004-12-30 09:03:22 AM  
sidgoop: Give her a copy of The Pessimist's Guide to History

Things like this HAVE happened before. It still sucks.
 
2004-12-30 09:03:29 AM  
what charity does everyone recommend?
 
2004-12-30 09:03:41 AM  
ForrestRump

That's awful, and probably the least Christian thing I've ever heard of. I'd like to punch that guy in the nuts.
 
2004-12-30 09:03:54 AM  
"And to all the people who are trying to make this a flamewar thread, don't worry. Your kind will take over Congress and the Presidency after the Rapture."

Thank God for that!
 
2004-12-30 09:03:55 AM  
kjm2477
On the main page, on the right, there is a link about donating through a paypal account.

I looked, yet could not see?
Am I blind again?
 
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