Leadership

TSUNAMI RESCUE REPORT FROM THAILAND’S “GROUND ZERO”

Issue 9 and Volume 158.

BY PAUL “SI DENG” FOX & CHALONG “KULARB” BOONTEM On December 26, a 9.3-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia generated a tsunami that killed more than 280,000 people in countries surrounding the Indian Sea. Southern Thailand was among the areas hardest hit; some 5,395 people were killed. The death toll is expected to grow, since nearly 3,000 are still missing.1 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION Some quick geographic information is needed to understand the scope of destruction and the challenges faced by rescuers. 1) This structure was part of a resort development within 300 feet of the shore in Khao Lak. (Photos by the Royal Thai Police and Royal Thai Army Engineers, unless otherwise noted.) Click here to enlarge image Thailand is situated in southeast Asia. It is 199,600 square miles and has a population of 62 million. In the southern part of Thailand is the island of Phuket, which has a…

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