THE Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 claimed a whole bunch of 1000’s of lives on what ought to have been a day of celebration.
The tsunami was one of many worst identified pure disasters in human historical past which claimed 1000’s of lives. Here’s what we all know.
What occurred in the course of the Boxing Day tsunami?
Greater than 200,000 died when an underwater earthquake set off the tsunami within the early hours of December 26 2004.
At 00.59am GMT a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck the western coast of Indonesia.
It was the third largest to ever be recorded in Sumatra, unleashing a power stated to be 1,5000 instances better than the Hiroshima bomb.
The quake lasted round 10 minutes, and quarter-hour later the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami warning.
Round half-hour after the quake, a tsunami struck the northern tip of Indonesia, killing round 130,000 individuals.
Its waves are stated to have reached 20-30 metres.
Which international locations have been affected and what number of died?
The tsunami struck Burma, Nicobar and Andaman Island, Thailand, the South East Coast of India, Maldives and Somalia.
Banda Aceh was the worst hit, with greater than 60 per cent of its buildings destroyed.
No less than 155 Brit vacationers died whereas they have been on vacation in south east Asia on the time.
David Lengthy, marine geohazards crew chief for the British Geological Survey instructed IBTimes UK: “Some individuals in Sumatra who would have felt the earthquake could have reacted to it, however that wave travelled a good distance and hit international locations which did not really feel the earthquake.
“The likes of Thailand and Sri Lanka did not know what was going to be hitting them.”