1887 China's Yellow River breaks its banks in Huayan Kou killing 900K
NOAA animation of the tsunami on 12.26.2004:
article from NOAA regarding the tsunami on 12.26.2004:
EQs around the world in recent weeks:
world map of EQs in the past 2 weeks:
10 largest EQs in the world since 1900:
EQs over 5.0 in the past week:
world map of EQs in the past week:
Here is a table I created showing aid as a percentage of GDP. The US & EU look generous because theirs are the 2 largest contributions. But as a percentage of GDP, actually Denmark & Kuwait are the most generous, and the US & EU are the least. In defense of the EU, some of its member nations are giving independently (such as France & UK). In defense of the US, much of its contribution is probably private rather than governmental. Still I cannot help but think that the US & EU should do much more.
The world's total GDP is $51.48T. The average contribution so far is 0.00259% of GDP. If every nation in the world were to contribute 0.00259% of its GDP to helping with the aftermath of this disaster, the total contribution would be $1,333.3M instead of the current $268.2M. In other words, the current aid is arguably 20% of what it should be.
last updated: 12.30.2004