On December 26,a massive earthquake occurred under the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Indonesia. The 9. The event it is still impacting the region; programs and studies continue, both to support recovery efforts and to understand the science behind this devastating natural disaster.
On 26 Decthe fourth-largest earthquake in a century erupted underwater off the Indonesian province of Aceh, causing a tsunami that accelerate to speeds of more than kilometres per hour and barreled one-fifth of the way around the earth. More thanpeople died in 14 countries in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and as far away as Africa; most were women — in some places three times the number of men — the elderly and children. In all, nearly 2.
The Indian Ocean earthquakeknown by the scientific community as the great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake an undersea earthquakeoccurred at UTC local time December 26,with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Oceankilling large numbers of people and inundating coastal communities across South and Southeast Asiaincluding parts of Indonesia, Sri LankaIndiaand Thailand. The tsunami occurred exactly one year after the earthquake that devastated the southern Iranian city of Bam and exactly two years before the Hengchun earthquake.
By Suzanne Nam. Tsunamis are large waves of water usually triggered by an earthquake, explosion, or other event displacing a large amount of water. Out in the open ocean, tsunamis are typically harmless and unnoticeable to the naked eye.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — The rock band was playing its second song of a set when a wave nearly 10 feet high burst through a backdrop behind the stagecrashed into the drummer, his drum set and the other musicians, and swept the stage into the audience. Many Indonesians were at the beaches on western Java and southern Sumatra celebrating a long Christmas weekend. The band was performing at a gathering for families of employees of Perusahaan Listrik Negara, the state electricity company.
Scientists are still trying to determine the exact cause. The earthquake that occurred on Friday morning was not a thrust earthquake, the kind that is responsible for most tsunamis, where tectonic plates move vertically up and down and displace water. Instead it was caused by what is known as a strike-slip fault, where tectonic plates move horizontally.
Thailand was one of the countries that was hit by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. The Thai government reported 4,  confirmed deaths, 8,  injuries, and 4,  missing after the country was hit by a tsunami caused by the Indian Ocean earthquake on the 26 of December The sea around these islands when the tsunami struck was reported to have strong currents and divers underwater felt as though they were in a washing machine.
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 nearlypeople in Indonesia, is the country ready for the next one?
She said she always paid close attention to warning sounds from a nearby tower, but she was usually disappointed. She urged the authorities to check the warning tower to boost public confidence in the early-warning system so that lives can be saved when disaster strikes. Fears of a tsunami are growing among the people in Phuket after a 7.