Pulled In Many Directions

Not-so-daily rambings about my life and my thoughts

Thursday, December 30, 2004

The Devastation in Southeast Asia

Snoozebutton Dreams made this interesting, if sobering analogy to the tragedy that just recently happened in Southeast Asia. In a sort of piggyback on Snoozebutton's analogy, 77,000 people is equal to:

  • The entire population of Appleton, Wisconsin
  • The entire nation of Seychelles
  • The entire nation of Antigua and Barbuda
  • The entire population of Lakeland, Florida
  • The entire nation of Aruba
  • The entire population of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
  • The entire nation of Kiribati
  • The entire population of Ogden, Utah

Can you imagine living next door to a town or on an island where one day, there are people there, shopping, playing, working, living their lives, and then the next, you wake up to a ghost town. All the people have disappeared without a trace? It just boggles my mind that so many people have died because of the earthquake in Indonesia and the resulting tsunamis, that so many people's lives have been changed forever.