December 31, 2004: Headlines: COS - Thailand: Tsunami: Internet: ABC News: At LonelyPlanet.com, a poster named "Trix" posted a plea for information on a friend who was in Thailand as part of the U.S. Peace Corps. Within minutes of her post, another blogger posted a reply, quoting from the official Peace Corps Web site that "all 84 volunteers serving in Thailand have been contacted and verified as safe."

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Thailand: Special Report: 2004 - Tsunami hits Southeast Asia: December 31, 2004: Headlines: COS - Thailand: Tsunami: Internet: ABC News: At LonelyPlanet.com, a poster named "Trix" posted a plea for information on a friend who was in Thailand as part of the U.S. Peace Corps. Within minutes of her post, another blogger posted a reply, quoting from the official Peace Corps Web site that "all 84 volunteers serving in Thailand have been contacted and verified as safe."
RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid  Date: January 3 2005 No: 362 RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid
Peace Corps is making an appeal to all Thailand RPCV's to consider serving again through the Crisis Corps. RPCVs: Read what an RPCV-led NGO is doing about the crisis an how one RPCV is headed for Sri Lanka to help a nation he grew to love. Question: Is Crisis Corps going to India and Indonesia?
Peace Corps issues appeal to Thailand RPCVs Date: December 30 2004 No: 354 Peace Corps issues appeal to Thailand RPCVs
Peace Corps is currently assessing the situation in Thailand, anticipates a need for volunteers and is making an appeal to all Thailand RPCV's to consider serving again through the Crisis Corps. Also read this message and this message from RPCVs in Thailand. All PCVs serving in Thailand are safe. Latest: Sri Lanka RPCVs, click here for info.


By Admin1 (admin) (pool-151-196-43-253.balt.east.verizon.net - 151.196.43.253) on Friday, December 31, 2004 - 11:13 am: Edit Post

At LonelyPlanet.com, a poster named "Trix" posted a plea for information on a friend who was in Thailand as part of the U.S. Peace Corps. Within minutes of her post, another blogger posted a reply, quoting from the official Peace Corps Web site that "all 84 volunteers serving in Thailand have been contacted and verified as safe."

At LonelyPlanet.com, a poster named Trix posted a plea for information on a friend who was in Thailand as part of the U.S. Peace Corps. Within minutes of her post, another blogger posted a reply, quoting from the official Peace Corps Web site that all 84 volunteers serving in Thailand have been contacted and verified as safe.

At LonelyPlanet.com, a poster named "Trix" posted a plea for information on a friend who was in Thailand as part of the U.S. Peace Corps. Within minutes of her post, another blogger posted a reply, quoting from the official Peace Corps Web site that "all 84 volunteers serving in Thailand have been contacted and verified as safe."

Web Becomes Clearinghouse of Disaster Info, Relief Efforts

Caption: General view of Ton Sai Bay in Thailand's Phi Phi island, December 28, 2004 after a tsunami hit the area. Nations bordering the Indian Ocean from Indonesia to Sri Lanka clawed through the wreckage of a quake-triggered tsunami for bodies to bury on Tuesday as fears grew the toll would exceed the 50,000 now reported killed. REUTERS/Luis Enrique Ascui

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Dec. 31, 2004 Friends and family desperate to learn the fate of loved ones thousands of miles away in South Asia are turning to the Internet to plead for news of those who survived the weekend's tsunami disaster and who didn't.

"My father, Leonel Rodrigues, Portuguese citizen, is missing. He was last seen holding on to a tree inside the Meridien Resort/Hotel in Khao Lak, Thailand," reads a message posted on a special missing persons Web page set up by the BBC. "He was wearing blue swimming trunks. Please help, please!" added Filipa Rodrigues of Macao, who posted the message.

On a similar message board at LonelyPlanet.com, an Englishwoman wrote: "I am desperately looking for my 19-year-old son called Eddie Gibson. He was backpacking around Cambodia and Thailand. I have not heard from him. He is fair, 6ft tall and blue eyes, with a scar on his right wrist."

In some cases, the Web can bring good news. At LonelyPlanet.com, a poster named "Trix" posted a plea for information on a friend who was in Thailand as part of the U.S. Peace Corps. Within minutes of her post, another blogger posted a reply, quoting from the official Peace Corps Web site that "all 84 volunteers serving in Thailand have been contacted and verified as safe."

Another poster on the BBC site was able to share the good news that he had learned that his mother, vacationing in the Maldives, was safe. "My thoughts go out to all those who like me spent a long time trying to contact my Mum and I hope you all have as much luck as me," wrote Alex Lye of Crawley.

In addition to established travel and news sites, countless blogs, or online diaries, have sprouted up to help Web users locate missing friends and relatives.

However, most of the postings go unanswered, or worse yet get news that can't be confirmed. One anonymous poster at a blog site said she had managed to locate a friend at the Thai Muang hospital in Phang Nga, but couldn't verify if she was alive or dead.





When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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