The United Nations estimated at the outset that the relief operation presently still underway would become the costliest in human history. The earthquake and tsunami combined have been described as the deadliest natural disaster since either the Tangshan earthquake or the Bhola cyclone, or could conceivably exceed both of those. To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. The tsunami also reached Antarctica , where tidal gauges at Japan's Showa Base recorded oscillations of up to a meter, with disturbances lasting a couple of days. The damage was felt in 14 countries, and 1. The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here:
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How the Boxing Day tsunami unfolded, hour by hour
The deadliest earthquakes since include the Tangshan, China earthquake of , with at least , killed; the earthquake of in Xining, Qinghai , China , ; the Great Kanto earthquake which struck Tokyo in , ; and the Gansu , China, earthquake of , Somalia is the worst affected area, with deaths, but the wave destroys homes and poisons water supplies. Many reefs areas around the Indian Ocean have been exploded with dynamite because they impede shipping, an important part of the South Asian economy. A United Nations sponsored initiative to put in place early warning systems for earthquakes, cyclones, typhoons, tornadoes , and tsunamis would take the world a great distance closer to creating a safe planet for all people, rich and poor. The earthquake and tsunami combined have been described as the deadliest natural disaster since either the Tangshan earthquake or the Bhola cyclone, or could conceivably exceed both of those. Both the earthquake and the tsunami may have affected shipping in the Malacca Straits by changing the depth of the seabed and by disturbing navigational buoys and old shipwrecks. The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians is accessible to researchers here: Governments and humanitarian organizations, concerned that the death toll could rise further as diseases and hunger spread, took quick action, minimizing the loss. Measured in lives lost, the disaster makes the list of the top ten worst earthquakes in recorded history, as well as the single worst tsunami in history.
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2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
On the Surin Island chain of Thailand's coast, many people survived as the tsunami rushed against the coral reefs protecting the islands. The surface waves can be clearly seen to reinforce near the antipode with the closest seismic stations in Ecuador , and to subsequently encircle the planet to return to the epicentral region after about minutes. In the days following the tsunami, people worked quickly to bury bodies for fear of disease. Seismologists record another earthquake, of 7. Measured in lives lost, the disaster makes the list of the top ten worst earthquakes in recorded history, as well as the single worst tsunami in history. The impact on coastal fishing communities and fisherfolk, some of the poorest people in the region, has been devastating with high losses of income earners as well as boats and fishing gear. In India and Sri Lanka many of the victims are women and children:
Description:The site, containing such notable structures as a half-buried granite lion near a seventh century Mahablipuram temple and a relic depicting an elephant, belongs to what archaeologists deem an ancient port city swallowed by the sea hundreds of years ago. Many countries across Asia, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, have put forth efforts to destroy the coral surrounding their beaches, and instead make way for shrimp farms and other economic choices. Thus, the tsunami hit the Indian state of Kerala despite sitting on the western coast of India , and the western coast of Sri Lanka also suffered substantial impacts. Second tsunami wave starting to retreat, Kata Noi Beach, Thailand , In August , the bodies of 15 local aid staff working on post-tsunami rebuilding executed in northeast Sri Lanka after heavy fighting had been found, the main umbrella body for aid agencies in the country said. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. There was no tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean to detect tsunamis or to warn the hundreds of thousands of people who lived in coastal areas. People felt the earthquake itself apart from the tsunami as far away as Bangladesh , India , Malaysia , Myanmar , Thailand , Singapore , and the Maldives. The sudden vertical rise of the seabed by several metres during the earthquake displaced massive volumes of water, resulting in a tsunami that struck the coasts of the Indian Ocean. Normally, a moderate earthquake might last a few seconds.
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