The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Death Toll in Quake/Tsunamis to Exceed *60,000, and Rising...


In an astonishing turn of events, the death toll nearly doubled based on what Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla said on Monday.

"We don't have confirmed data, but I think between 21,000 and 25,000 people (have died in Indonesia)"


If his government's estimates are correct, then the overall death toll could easily exceed 42,000, making it even deadlier than Indonesiai's Krakatoa eruption in the late 1800s.

Also, quoted from The Drudge Report...

Quake May Have Altered Earth's Rotation // May have shortened the day by 3 microseconds, said gravity expert Richard Gross of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena... On premise a slab slid into core, Gross said he's done calculations 'to see what effect this (earthquake) should have had.' The result: A day shortened... 'We won't know for weeks,' said a geophysicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 'So it's a guess, as of now'...


The New York Times stated today that this disaster was somehow "amoral." I wonder what the true intent of the use of this word was.

www.dictionary.com
a·mor·al ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-môrl, -mr-)
adj.

1. Not admitting of moral distinctions or judgments; neither moral nor immoral.
2. Lacking moral sensibility; not caring about right and wrong.

In any event, disasters which claim this many lives are not uncommon.
  • Bam, Iran, 2003: earthquake (41,000 dead)
  • France, 2003: Heat wave (15,000 dead)
  • Gujarat, India, 2001: earthquake (20,000 dead)
  • Venezuela, 1999: Floods (20,000 dead)
  • Turkey, 1999: earthquake (17,000 dead)
  • Central America, 1998: Hurricane Mitch and floods (12,000 dead)
  • Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1996: earthquake (15,000 dead)
  • West Africa, 1996: meningitis outbreak (25,000 dead)
  • North Korea, 1995-98: Famine and floods (3,500,000 dead)
  • Latur, India, 1993: earthquake (22,000 dead)
  • Bangladesh, 1991: tsunami (138,000 dead)
  • Gilan and Zanjan, Iran, 1990: 7.7 earthquake (35,000 dead)
  • Armenia, 1988: earthquake (55,000 dead)
  • Ethiopia, 1984: Famine (900,000 dead)
  • Guatemala, 1976: earthquake (23,000 dead)
  • Tangshan, China, 1976: 8.0 earthquake (255,000 dead)
  • Ethiopia, 1974: famine (200,000 dead)
  • Bangladesh, 1974: floods (28,000 dead)
  • Vietnam, 1971: Red River flood (100,000 dead)
  • Bangladesh, 1970: Sea flood (200,000 dead)
  • North Peru, 1970: 7.8 earthquake (66,000 dead)
  • China, 1960: Famine (20,000,000 dead)
  • Worldwide, 1957: Influenza pandemic (1,000,000+ dead)
  • Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 1948: earthquake (100,000 dead)
  • Erzincan, Turkey, 1939: 7.8 earthquake (33,000 dead)
  • Quetta, Pakistan, 1935: 7.5 earthquake (30,000 dead)
  • Gansu, China, 1932: 7.6 earthquake (70,000 dead)
  • Nanshan, China, 1927: 8.3 earthquake (200,000 dead)
  • Yokohama, Japan, 1923: 8.3 earthquake (143,000 dead)
  • Gansu, China, 1920: 8.6 earthquake (200,000 dead)
  • Worldwide, 1918: Influenza pandemic (25,000,000 dead)
  • Messina, Italy, 1908: 7.5 earthquake (70,000 dead)
  • Chile, 1906: earthquake (20,000 dead)
  • Japan, 1896: Tsunami (27,000 dead)
  • Indonesia, 1883: Tsunami (36,000 dead)
  • France, 1870-71: Smallpox (500,000 dead)
  • Ireland, 1845: famine (1,000,000 dead)
  • London and Paris, 1832: Cholera epidemic (25,000 dead)
  • Iran, 1780: earthquake (200,000 dead)
  • Northamerica, 1775-82: Smallpox (130,000 dead)
  • Bengal (India), 1769: famine (10,000,000 dead)
  • Lisbon, 1755: earthquake and tsunami (30,000 dead)
  • Sevilla, Spain, 1649: Plague (80,000 dead)
  • Shensi, China, 1556: earthquake (800,000 dead)
  • Europe and Asia, 1346-52: Bubonic plague,"black death" (25,000,000+dead)
  • Holland, 1228: sea flood (100,000 dead)
  • Japan, 1181: famine (100,000 dead)
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