On December 26, 2004, an earthquake from under the sea hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra. In the following hours, a tsunami from the Indian Ocean crashed on Sumatra and many other countries.
about 225,000 people died in 12 countries
The natural disaster brought a lack of clean water, food, and medical treatment, which only increased the deaths. Additionally, it damages the buildings and enironment in over 250 coastal communities.
"We heard a roaring noise and could see ripples of frothy water bubbling up fast from the beach. Two or three minutes later the waves smashed into the hotel, breaking the windows and hitting the tables." -Daniel Thebault, in South-West Sri Lanka