Boxing Day 2004 – Tsunami

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The Tsunami of 2004


This was the most deadly tsunami in world history, it was caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, killing more than 250,000 people in a single day and is the most devastating tsunami ever caught on film, and it traveled 375 miles (600 km) in just 75 min .(This article is brought to you by Michael and Dee Norris Realtors, Norris & Company Realty, LLC).

The speed of the 2004 tsunami was too fast to get out of the way, people in its path didn’t stand a chance because, it was traveling 300 miles (480 km) per hour, leaving more than 1.7 million homeless affecting 18 countries. Tsunami is an ever-present and real threat for these islands of the Indian Ocean due to the presence of a tectonic interactive plate.

The December 2004 earthquake released about enough energy to power the United States for six months, or put another way, it generated the equivalent of a 250-megaton bomb shaking every point of the earth an inch or more. The associated shifts in the ocean floor displaced enough water to fill a tank 1.6 kilometers wide, 1.6 kilometers high and more than 11 kilometers long.

The Los Angeles Times reported: “Miles beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean, a massive piece of the Earth’s crust had heaved, buckled and shifted. Along a fracture zone hundreds of miles long, it moved, releasing pent-up energy equivalent to the power of more than 1,000 atomic bombs.

A number of foreigners were killed, most them people vacationing in Thailand and Sri Lanka. As of January 20, 2004 they included Germans (60 dead, 615 missing), Swedes (52 dead, 637 missing), Britons (52 dead, 464 missing), Americans (37 dead, unknown missing), Japanese (25 dead, 67 missing), Swiss (23 dead, 240 missing), Australia (23 dead, 18 missing), French (22 dead, 74 missing), Italians (20 dead, 190 missing), and people from 35 other countries.

On a brighter side, an Indonesian girl has been reunited with her family after being swept away by the 2004 tsunami. The girl was spotted on the street by a relative who recognized her after a decade. The strong waves of the tsunami swept up Raudhatul Jannah, who was four years old at the time, and her seven-year-old brother in Aceh province on December 26, 2004. .

(This article is brought to you by Michael and Dee Norris Realtors, Norris & Company Realty, LLC).


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