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23,700 and rising. It seems the tsunamis didn’t fan out equally in all directions, leaving Myanmar almost unaffected. News was slow to come in from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which took the waves head-on, and whole islands full of people are unaccounted for.

A funny thing: the word Tsunami 津波 is one of the few Japanese words in common use in English, and it’s a phenomenon that Japan, historically, is very familiar with. The Kanji breaks down as “harbour wave”, a 美称 (euphemism, “beautiful name”) if there ever was one.

Written by brian t

December 27, 2004 at 8:00 pm

Posted in life

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