With horror I watched the first few reports on TV about the tsunamis that hit the shores of the Indian Ocean from Thailand to Somalia killing at least 30,000 people; the video footage was nothing but shocking especially when you realize that it is the real thing and not some Hollywood CGI scripted scene. My first thought was that things did not look as bad, but that notion soon changed after seeing the sheer force of water rip through houses, topple trees and move cars around as if they were pieces on a chess board. The true tragedy of these events only hit home after I saw parents looking for their lost children, washed away by the brute force of the water. I saw a man carrying his diseased wife in his arms that was alive just minutes ago and the death toll steeply moving upwards from a few hundred to over 30.000; only then I realized that when nature takes its toll it is serious.
When watching the video footage I can not help but wonder how I would have responded, whether I would have been able to save myself and my loved ones from getting hurt or worse. I am sure many of you have similar thoughts, wondering what they would have done trying to make the best of the predicament they were caught in. From the looks of it the people that were at or close to the beaches did not stand much of a chance. The tsunami hit with so much speed and force that they would not have been able to outrun it nor hide from it. From what I have understood from the news broadcasts all that survived were those buildings that are constructed from concrete and steel such as the beachfront hotels which housed many of the tourists.
Not often do I report on topics outside the computer industry but like the 9/11 attacks this is an event I simply cannot ignore, so I hope you will bear with me. For now, I would like to take a moment to express our condolences to those that lost friends and family due to the events on the 26th. I would also like to express our respect for the many individuals that are working day and night to look for any survivors and care for the casualties. It saddens me to see the reports on the news; the despair in the eyes of the people looking for lost family members or mourning those that lost their lives in this tragic chain of events. Sometimes nature can act with brutal force, without warning and without cause, taking its toll.