At Least 86 Dead in Indonesian Tsunami


A powerful earthquake sent a 6-foot-high tsunami crashing into beach resorts on Indonesia's Java island Monday, killing at least 86 people, leaving scores missing and sending thousands fleeing to higher ground, officials and witnesses said.

Regional bulletins that the 7.7-magnitude undersea earthquake was strong enough to send a killer wave steaming toward the country worst hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami did not reach the victims, because the nation's main island has no warning system.
Forgive my admittedly crass decision to make a political statement in the wake of a tragedy, but this is yet another issue that underscores how fallacious were the claims in 2000 that there was no substantive difference between Bush and Gore. I refrained from making the point about the Global Disaster Information Network the first time around. I simply can’t hold my tongue this time, because I’m angry that more lives have been lost.

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