In the first hours - NOBODY QUITE GOT IT!In the first moments - hours - days - nobody quite realized what had happened. Nobody realized that it was so large! One television report wrote:
"This is one of those stories nobody quite understood in the first couple of days exactly what this was going to be," says ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, reporting Monday from Colombo, Sri Lanka. "The White House didn't understand it, journalists didn't understand it, and aid organizations didn't understand it.
"Now, more and more reporters are wandering into the story. But everyone was slow to completely grasp the significance."
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The Asian tsunami is "one of those dauntingly horrible logistical stories to get to," making travel extremely difficult, says CBS News chief Marcy McGinnis."
During the moments of the wave - I SMS'd to at least 5 friends - asking them what they had heard. They politely wrote back that there was nothing on the news. But I don't think they actually had a sense of what I was trying to tell them. This was big. Very big. People were dying - right in front of my eyes!
Posted by Rick Von Feldt
Posted by Rick Vonfeldt