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I have long dreamed of tsunamis, although I grew up far from the ocean. The disaster seems to have stirred the ancient relics of our common humanity

By Paul Broks   February 2005

I was half asleep when I first heard news of the Asian earthquake, and didn’t think much about it. It might have been a dream. Later I was moved by the images of desolation and suffering, but was first transfixed by the figures. I tried to picture waves travelling at 500 miles an hour; 5,000 dead, 10,000 and rising. What does it mean for the earth to wobble on its axis (by an inch)? I watched with autistic fascination as the stats and graphics rolled out, but in time grew weary with the numbers. Rising death tolls, I suspect, give…

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