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Singapore forumers - who felt the earthquake? Was there any damage or only tremors felt? I'm astonished by how far and wide this earthquake was felt... reportedly the world's largest quake in 40 years!
 

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i think the news reports may come in..

what time was it? from the Thai forum seemed it occured at 9 am Singapore time?

i was fast asleep :cool:
 

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I didn't know how serious it was, 8.9 on the richter scale!
Biggest in the world for 40 years!
Over 7000 deaths!!!!
Affected 8 nations!!!!
Yeah......strangely.....the earthquake that hits Iran big time also happen on the same day last year........:eek:
 

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2 S'poreans in Phuket: their stories by SMS
Bank exec witnesses horror and destruction on his first trip to the resort island

By Daryl Loo

MRS Khoo Cheng Eng has never used SMS, but yesterday it was her only contact with her son, vacationing in tsunami-hit Phuket.

Mr Wilson Khoo, 29, an assistant vice-president in a European bank, had landed on the island yesterday morning, right before the tidal waves that destroyed much of the beach, damaged power and phone lines, and disrupted cellular phone calls.

The only line of communication open was text messaging, which he sent to elder sister Liling in Singapore. She then telephoned her mother with the news.

'I was really worried as I didn't hear from him until after noon. It's very fortunate that he's okay,' said Mrs Khoo, 55, a teacher.

For Mr Khoo, it was his first trip to the island - and a close shave with danger at his hotel, the Seaview at Patong beach.

In an SMS interview with The Straits Times - pretty much how he kept in touch with the world outside all day - he wrote:

'Checked into fourth-floor room at 9am. Lucky. Wave came in at 9.20am, carrying cars, lorry and crashing into the hotel on the second floor.'

'Furniture, TV, luggage and people were swept out. Screams and cries. Many hurt. Within seconds Patong is destroyed. All buildings. No water, electricity. Blackout.'

Together with other guests, Mr Khoo headed for higher ground. 'Blood stains all over the road as we were fleeing the hotel on a road leading uphill,' he described.

He checked into the Andaman Seaview hotel in Karon late last night: 'Will rest well for the night at least.'

He is scheduled on a Tiger Airways flight back to Singapore tomorrowat 9am.

'Just glad we are alive and well, items intact,' he wrote.

And while his holiday turned out to be anything but enjoyable, he said: 'Trip not totally wasted. Experience of a lifetime. Saw destruction first-hand.'

Copyright © 2004 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.
 

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This is a tragedy of major proportions, affecting many people and countries. The reports of the devastation are horrifying, the stories of witnesses and survivors heartwrenching. The damage is enormous. :(
 

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12,000 casualties so far, and many more expected..... that's 12000 daughters or sons, 12000 mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends... I have this very overwhelming feeling that's a mixture of awe, shock, fear and grief.... i had the same feeling watching the news shortly after 911....
 

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I've heard of eathquakes killing people directly, but tsunamis?!
The first time I've heard earthquake-driven tsunamis killing more people than the earthquake themselves...
Happens all the time in Japan, i'm afraid. Anything happening in the pacific ocean hits them hard, and the pacific ocean, if you don't already know, ain't your glass of water....
 
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