As the recovery efforts in Asia continue in the wake of Sunday's earthquake and tsunami, the death toll has climbed above 40,000, a number that is sure to rise as the rescue workers continue their work, more bodies are found, and government officials increase the death toll. The situation could get worse as millions of people are displaced, access to food and water is limited, and the spread of disease is immanent. The New York Times is reporting on the high number of children that are among the dead, with as many as 1/3 of those dead in Sri Lanka and Indonesia being children. From survivors of the disaster, one of the worst natural disasters in recent history, there are chilling stories of survival. The survival stories coming out of Asia are not unlike that of Petra Nemcova who hung onto a tree for eight hours with a broken pelvis and other internal injuries.
The Daily News is reports that a tsunami also hit New York, saying, "it's only a matter of time." If loose chunk of the Canary Islands falls into the ocean, there could be waves as high as 75 feet. The waves would take 8-10 hours to reach the East coast. The tsunami that Gothamist was emailed about earlier this month never came though. With news like that, we hope that UNESCO adds someo tsunami warning ceners in the Atlantic.
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