Tsunami Storms Indian Ocean



Tsunami Storms Indian Ocean

2004 December 26th - A tsunami, caused by a massive tectonic disturbance of magnitude 9.1 9.3 off the west cost of Sumatra, Indonesia, at a depth of around 30 km, has caused tsunamis along most landmasses around the Indian Ocean. Due to the earthquake orientation, the more dangerous tsunamis were generated east-west of the 1,600 km fault line. Hence, Bangladesh, despite being a low-lying country, suffered minimal damage and loss of life. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand, however, faced devastation. Indonesia alone hassuffered an estimated 1,70,000 casualties. Waves reached as far as two km inland at places. The entire incident has inspired one of the largest aid efforts in recent history, with the worldwide community donating more than $14 billion (E 8 billion) to the affected people.


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