2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake & Tsunami

The Indian Ocean earthquake, also known as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, occurred on December 26, 2004 off the coast of Indonesia. This was the third largest earthquake ever recorded and it lasted for around 9 minutes. The earthquake had a magnitude of 9.2 and was so violent that it triggered smaller earthquakes around the world. The earthquake also caused a bunch of tsunamis on the coasts of countries surrounded by the Indian Ocean, such as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and Myanmar.

Some of the countries affected by the earthquakes and tsunamis

The tsunamis occurred several hours after the earthquake, so unfortunately majority of the civilians were taken by surprise because there were no tsunami warnings. Some of the waves reached up to 100 ft, making it very hard to escape. In total, around 250,000 people died, 170,000 of those just in Indonesia alone. Additionally, there are many bodies that have not been found yet and people are still missing.

"I cannot forget how I lost hold of my wife, my kids, and my house," said survivor Teuku Ahmad Salman, " I refused to believe for years that they had died, but I finally gave up looking for them.

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