Glad your call went through and you got confirmation on the wellbeing of your loved ones. I have been reading lots of reports from scuba divers that were over that way and it all depends at what are you are at in the region as to the level of destruction. Some areas that got hit such as Phucket, are still doing pretty decent and things are going ahead as normal. The real problem is going to be the water that is stagnant. Disease has the possibilities to spread severely in the next few weeks. Not a fun part of the world to be in over there right now. I also heard that in certain areas the reefs were tore up real bad. Nothing is confirmed as of yet anywhere, but expeditions are on the way in that region of the world as to the conditions of all the reefs. Many of those cities over there thrive and live off of tourism. If some of the reefs are damaged it will take approximately 15-20 years for them to rebuild. When you are spending $1000's of dollars on vacation to go diving in far and exotic locations, you make sure you pick ones that have great sites, not tore up reefs due to tsunami's, earthquake, and mother nature unleashing her shear power. That's enough to sink a town if your main dollar is tourism from scuba divers. Going to see many towns going under and having to relocate to other parts of the ocean/other sides/sites of the islands/land, etc. Not only has this tragic event taken many lives, it could completely turn some of these towns into complete ghost towns.. It will be like an Off-season for a shore-town for 20 years straight.
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