I can't grasp the magnitude of the Asian tsunami disaster. More than anything I feel insanely, absurdly privileged. While I fret over my favorite music of the year and update my post-Christmas Amazon wishlist, hundreds of dead children are washed ashore in Thailand. But I applaud Amazon for placing a huge button on their home page: American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Over $14 million raised.

Blogs are having a great impact on the relief effort:

  • Earthquake: How to Help [Command Post]
  • Blogs Provide Raw Details From Scene of the Disaster [NY Times]
  • The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami blog
  • Asia Earthquake and Tsunamis: Blogs a platform to make a difference [WorldChanging]
  • 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake [Wikipedia]
  • Will this story get as much coverage as the Scott Peterson case? [and more good questions, from Poynter]

    On a more terrifying note, Waxy posted several camcorder video clips of the tsunami [more video], and BoingBoing has several first-person accounts. Many of the tsunami videos are combined into a single download at Rocketboom.

    UPDATE: Even more donation and information opportunities at Google's Tsunami Relief page.

    UPDATE 2: Cyberjournliast.net's quake/tsunami blogger roundup

    Media Bloggers Association - Tsunami Video Hosting Initiative

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    I know what you mean. And I feel especially selfish, at feeling so relieved that my sister-in-law, her husband, and his family are all okay. My brother-in-law is from Sri Lanka, so they decided to spend the holidays there this year, with his folks. They'd actually tried to get rooms on the beach, but everything was booked solid so they stayed in Colombo, where they have been safe. I'm sure they are going to have some terrible tales to tell when they return to Minnesota. The scale of this disaster is so massive that I've been overwhelmed, and only able to focus on the small way in which it relates to me.

    Posted by: Sharyn at Dec 29, 2004 9:55:52 AM

    Wow...I'm so glad they're okay.

    Posted by: Chuck at Dec 29, 2004 4:04:01 PM


    We have created an online memorial dedicated to the Asian Tsunami.

    Won't you please visit?

    Click here to view the tsunami memorial. Be sure to sign the guest book.


    Please feel free to share the link with anyone who might be interested.

    Please take good care,

    Brenda Reeves

    Posted by: Brenda at Jan 7, 2005 7:56:17 PM