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(From Belfast Telegraph)
Byline: Peter Cardwell
The death toll in the world's worst quake for 40 years today stood at 14,500 and looked set to rise in the nine countries hit by the devastation.
Rescuers were today scouring waterlogged coasts across Asia as the quake and the tidal wave which followed it left millions homeless.
The 30-foot-high waves swept away ferries and fishermen, cars and cottages, sunbathers and snorkelers, including scores of foreign tourists.
The death toll in eight nations in southern Asia - and as far west as Somalia, on the African coast, where nine people were reported dead - increased steadilyas …