To give you a sense of how truly enormous the weekend earthquake and tsunami were in Asia,
The 9.0-magnitude quake struck 6 miles beneath the ocean and ruptured a 600-mile stretch of fault running north and south off the coast of Sumatra, in a region where quakes are sometimes unleashed by a geological phenomenon called subduction. The quake shoved the entire island of Sumatra about 100 feet to the southwest. . . .