I agree that this was a terrible disaster and nobody deserved it. My sincerest condolences to Madhu's country and any fellow evolter who was affected. Many coutries had victims, I believe Chile is one of the few lucky countries that has been able to find all of its survivors/victims (just because there weren't as many citizens in the area). Now we're starting to hear amazing stories of how people survived. Like that baby atop a roof, or the woman who floated with a palm tree. One great story I've seen about this, is a tribe that survived because they noticed their animals were upset and escaping to the hills, they followed the animals uphill and the whole tribe survived... talk about sustainable alarm systems! More people could have survived if we were more aware of nature. I also heard about a natural refuge that was hit where all the animals survived. I also love the story of the little girl who ran the alarm because she had recently studied tsunamis in school, education can go a long way. I'm wondering if there could be a global kind of detection system for these kinds of events. Another shocking story is that of the Prime Minister of Holland, who arrived on vacation to the area on the day after, and was apparently unmooved by the situation, just asked not to be bothered on his vacation. I don't have much info on this piece, if any of you know more about this character, I'd be interested in figuring it out, seems unbelievable to me. I"ve also found out that the strongest recorded earthquake was the one in Valdivia, Chile in 1960, at 9.5 degrees. The tsunami it generated killed people in Hawaii and Japan - across the whole Pacific. I'm sure there weren't as many victims then as the area is less densely populated and the hills are higher, but there are still boats over the hills nowdays, witness of that episode.