It wasthe day after Christmasand 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 staggeringlives in a matter of hours.
It was an undersea megathrust earthquake that registered a magnitude of 9. The earthquake was caused by a rupture along the fault between the Burma Plate and the Indian Plate. Communities along the surrounding coasts of the Indian Ocean were seriously affected, and the tsunamis killed an estimatedpeople in 14 countries.
Ten years on, we revisit affected areas. In Aceh, Indonesia, rebuilding after the tsunami led to the end of three decades of bloody conflict. In Sri Lanka, the aftermath was far worse.
Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. Today marks 14 years since the catastrophic Boxing Day tsunami, which killedpeople.
The day of Dec. As TIME explained in a special issue devoted to the devastation, the geology behind the tsunami caused a chain reaction of disaster:. Geologists describe the tectonics—the almost imperceptibly slow movement of massive plates—of the southern Indian Ocean as complex because a number of plates converge there.
In the early hours of the morning of Sunday 26 December a massive earthquake measuring 9. The quake triggered a powerful tsunami that swept the coasts of neighbouring countries and causing serious damage and loss of life. The death toll exceededpeople, and more than one million persons were displaced as a result of the destruction.
Updated December 24, The Boxing Day tsunami in is believed to be the deadliest tsunami in history, killing more thanpeople across 14 countries. It began at am local time on December 26,when a 9.
The annual memorial came after the long-buried remains of dozens of Boxing Day tsunami victims were found last week in Aceh province, which was devastated by the 9. Nearlypeople died in disaster-prone Indonesia when the quake struck Aceh, a predominantly Muslim province in the northern tip of Sumatra island, sparking massive waves that also slammed into coastal areas as far away as Somalia. The disaster killed about 50, people in other countries around the Indian Ocean, bringing total deaths to about ,