It was , the day after Christmas , and thousands of European and American tourists had flocked to the beaches of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to escape the winter chill in a tropical paradise. At AM, a 9. The Boxing Day tsunami would be the deadliest in recorded history, taking a staggering , lives in a matter of hours. Buildings folded like houses of cards, trees and cars were swept up in the oil-black rapids and virtually no one caught in the deluge survived. Thailand was next. With waves traveling mph across the Indian Ocean, the tsunami hit the coastal provinces of Phang Nga and Phuket an hour and a half later.
2004 Indian Ocean tsunami: Facts, FAQs, and how to help
Will Indonesia Be Ready for the Next Tsunami?
December 26, , seemed like an ordinary Sunday. Fishermen, shopkeepers, Buddhist nuns, medical doctors, and mullahs - all around the Indian Ocean basin, people went about their morning routines. Western tourists on their Christmas holiday flocked to the beaches of Thailand , Sri Lanka , and Indonesia , reveling in the warm tropical sun and the blue waters of the sea. Without warning, at am, a fault along the seafloor kilometers miles southeast of Banda Aceh, in the state of Sumatra, Indonesia, suddenly gave way. A magnitude 9.
The 2004 Tsunami Wiped Away Towns With 'Mind-Boggling' Destruction
On this day, ten years ago, a magnitude 9. Today, many of the communities have recovered, though painful memories and some ruined structures remain in place. Across Asia today, memorials were held in remembrance of the thousands of victims. Amid the commemorations, continued warnings from earthquake experts that early-warning systems need even more development and funding in the region. Gathered here are images of the event, a series of then-and-now comparison images, and photos from today's memorials.
All rights reserved. The tsunami that struck Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on December 26, , washed a 2,ton ship about five miles eight kilometers inland into the city. The site is now a park and a memorial. After a catastrophic tsunami killed nearly , people in Indonesia, is the country ready for the next one?