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Dear friends, December 29, 2004
On Dec 26 the worst Earthquake on Earth in 40 years happened underwater southwest of Aceh Province, Sumatra. Enormous seismic Sea waves (in Japanese called Tsunami) hit the coasts in most countries around the Indian Ocean, causing devastating damages and more than 60000 people at the beaches killed or disappeared into the Sea. This natural catastrophe came without warning and all media covered this tragic event. On Sri Lanka alone, more than 22000 people are reported dead.
Our member, Victor Goonetilleke, living 10 km inland south of Colombo wrote on Dec 27: ” All of us are OK here. Trying hard to organize some emergency communications (Victor is also a very active radio amateur! Ed) and also doing some food distributions and things like that. Since the affected areas are so widespread things are very hard. Everyone within 1000 metres or so of the coast have been badly affected right along the coast from North to South on the eastern side of the island. In some areas as far in as 2-3kms. On the Western side not so bad, about 100 metres from the coast, as the quake was on the Eastern side of the island and the tidal waves came from the East/ S. East. You would have seen the vast destruction. Frightening.. Regards , Victor”.
He further reported in Dxplorer on Dec 27 via Wolf Harranth and Christoph Ratzer: ”Some heart breaking stories are emerging. Just got back after a hectic day. We are sending a radio amateur team to the worst affected area to link on HF and try VHF through one of our functioning repeaters. And a coordinating centre will be set up tomorrow at "Temple Trees" at the Prime Ministers official residence in Colombo. We have some more volunteers who would go, but we have a shortage of portable equipment, transport, etc., to the affected areas, etc. I hope our efforts tomorrow to link Hambantota which is in the deep South are successful as it has been cut off since the first waves hit. Thank you all for writing - excuse this common note as I am exhausted after a very heavy day. Regards, Victor”
We are happy that at least you and your family are safe, Victor, and that you are doing such a great effort in the rescue work! We do our best to assist through humanitarian aid via the relief agencies. Before the catastrophe, on Dec 20 Victor furthermore sent the DSWCI a long list of loggings which is published in Miscellaneous.
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