Indian Ocean earthquake

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Published Sunday, December 26, 2004

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on 26 December with the epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The shock had a moment magnitude of 9.1–9.3 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). The undersea megathrust earthquake was caused when the Indian Plate was subducted by the Burma Plate and triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000–280,000 people in 14 countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 metres high. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was the hardest-hit country, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.
Source: DORRIS

Indian Ocean earthquake Facts

Power: 9.3
Affected Area: 4000 km.
Alert Level: Green
Category: Geo
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Killed: 289101

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