By Simon Denyer
NEW DELHI, Jan 1 (Reuters) - For
two and a half hours the tsunami sped towards the Indian coast, yet nobody
The waves struck Indonesia, Thailand
and then submerged an air force base on the Indian island of Car Nicobar,
1,200 km (800 miles) from the mainland.
Finally, minutes before the deadly waters
struck, the sea began to rapidly recede from India's eastern shore. In
some places, children scurried onto the beach to pick up shells.
Faxes were sent between government departments,