As luck would have it, the quake was large at sea. Singapore has the whole of Sumatra island standing in the way between itself and the quake centre, otherwise I would have wake up to a different morning yesterday. The peoples on India and Sri Lanka coast, and of course Sumatra’s, weren’t as fortunate. Death toll had rised from 300 when I first heard the news to now 5,800 on “CNN.”:http://cnn.com
If this would happen on land, and in a crowded region, the effect would have been like a major war. Consider the Kobe quake in 1995 killed 6,000 and injured more than 400,000 peoples in Japan, and that one was a magnitude 7.2 to this one 8.9.
The “Richter scale”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richter_scale is logarithmic, meaning the difference between a 8.9 and a 7.2 is about 50 times in released energy. Kid you not!