This natural disaster was considered on of the most destructive catastrophes and resulted in 280,000 deaths, but the country that was hit severely was Indonesia. The fracture of the earthquake was more than 600 miles long, causing a 9.1 magnitude earthquake being the largest in 40 years. Within hours of this treacherous earthquake, a series of aggressive tsunamis occurred and destroying many homes from east Africa to Indonesia. Since this tsunami happened so abruptly, there were no tsunami warnings so the people in those countries were caught off guard. This not only effect the people, but it also effected the environment. There was a contamination of solid waste and disaster debris in the water, so this made the living situation unsanitary and it made catching diseases easier. In conclusion, this natural disaster was considered the most tragic catastrophe in the early 2000s.