if this tsunami hit LA or London or NYC or some big coastal city, well, the world would end. but honestly, there's not much talk of this tsunami amongst people (that i've overheard). the articles...they're slanted, how "the americans are saving people" (what abt the local medics, etc? they're working hard too!) and as i work in a financial services library, the mags we get focus on how much $$$ this tsunami is costing to insurers...The Economist says (p. 17, Jan 1-17, 2005) "Their bill, however, is likely to be far lower than the one that followed the hurricanes in Florida and its neighboring states earlier in 2004." The article goes on to say later "And although millions of livelihoods have been destroyed, analysts do not expect the disaster to make much of a dent in the region's overall growth prospects."
UMMMM, okay, so what they died, the economy will still be okay? This sickens me. Sometimes I hate being a corporate librarian.
The NY Times estimates (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/03/international/03cnd-quake.html?oref=login&hp) "as many as 150,000 dead, 500,000 seriously injured, millions of homeless and hungry and tens of thousands missing - there was a sense of progress and even rays of hope."
I am going to donate money through network for good later today. I think the minimum dontation is $10--don't go out to dinner this weekend and donate $10. http://www.networkforgood.org/ You can choose where you want your donation to go.
In the meantime, send our prayers, good energy, love, whatever you can do.