An earthquake on December 26, 2016 in the Indian Ocean set off a chain of events that led to a vicious tsunami and an immense amount of destruction. The Indian Plate underwent subduction under the Burma Plate; which is a smaller portion of the large Eurasian Plate. The Epicenter of the earthquake occurred on the western side of the Indonesian islands.
The earthquake had a magnitude of 9.0 and "more than 600 miles long, displacing the seafloor by 10 yards horizontally and several yards vertically." (Do Something Campaign, n.d.). The movement of the rock caused the water in the Indian Ocean to move and shift drastically, causing a tsunami and destructive waves in 11 countries that border the Indian Ocean, all spreading from the Epicenter.
The earthquake and resulting tsunami resulted in 227,898 deaths in total and destroyed entire towns, villages, and properties.