Thousands of people have been killed across south and east Asia in massive sea surges triggered by the strongest earthquake in the world for 40 years. Villages have been swamped and homes destroyed after the 8.9-magnitude quake, the fifth strongest since 1900.
At least 1,000 died in Sri Lanka and a similar number were killed in India.
Casualty figures are rising and deaths have also been reported in Thailand and on Sumatra in Indonesia, thought to be near the tremor’s epicentre.
Yes. I’ve been watching these reports all morning and kudos to Sky News for interviewing people on the ground live. Can I ask if reporting teams with videophones are / have been despatched so that we can get an impression of what the after effects are?
2 days almost later, and the bloody Australian government can only confirm 2 of its citizens have died. PATHETIC. We were also hit by the waves, just the stretch of coast was uninhabited. What amazes me though is Australia is the closest western nation, yet the bureaucrats are hopelessy organised. What the hell would happen if that quake was closer to the country!!!!
My thoughts are with the families & friends of the deceased, and those left homeless.
Meanwhile Ashish is reporting live via videophone from Sri Lanka.
Martin Popplewell is reading out viewers emails from the SkyNews Today section of the studio while Steve and Anna are in the studio anchoring. Does anyone know what time they started anchoring at? I know that Martin and Vivien were on from 10am. Who anchored Sunrise?
Excellent coverage from Sky.
Good to see the so called “main presenters”-Jeremy, Anna, Mark, Kay, Martin and Vivien are being used throughout the Xmas period. I would say Etchers, the two Fosters and King will be on soon.# A nice overall spread to the Xmas presenting team.
Re SE Asia excellent reporting and presenting to Sky. 10/10 to providing safety mails on the Sky Newsticker.
Greg and Paula were on Sunrise. Greg was also on most of the night as well, as there were two men presenting overnight.
Not sure what time Steve/Anna started. Martin was still on at 1230, so 1 i presume. ..that’s when my auto-records ran out.
Juliette Foster was on the 6am Boxing Day shift alone. breaking the earthquake news. Imagine my shock and delight to see the esteemed Miss Burley on 6am Xmas day shift alone. what a lovely treat.
I said that Earthquake Correspondent, Alex Rossi is on lead package now – I’m not a tv techie or anything but just using the language from the front page of this site – it means Alex’s report is the first one they use on the programme. ..A package is a wrapped/edited report, a lead package will lead the prog.
I think Anna came on around about three. I’ve been out, so don’t know about Steve.
Sky’s coverage has been top notch – I think that part of this is down to the fact that they are steering away from the sensationalism and speculation that so often lets them down. The ticker is a nice touch – even my gran approves and she doesn’t usually have anything positive to say about Sky News.
Has Jeremy been sent out there, or was he there anyway? I know several journalists from various organisations were in the region on holiday. And where’s Richard Bestic?
But mundane details of television news aside, I find the sheer magnitude of the disaster mind-boggling and can only imagine how residents and tourists alike of the countries affected must be feeling.