The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea megathrust earthquake of moment magnitude 9.0 that struck the Indian Ocean off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia on December 26, 2004 at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time in Jakarta and Bangkok). It was the largest earthquake on Earth since the 9.2-magnitude Good Friday Earthquake which struck Alaska on March 27, 1964, and the fourth largest since 1900 (tied with a 1952 earthquake of 9.0 magnitude in Kamchatka). Well over a hundred thousand people were killed by the deadliest tsunamis in recorded history, which reached heights of 15 m and flooded coastlines between 15 minutes and 10 hours after the quake, making this one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history.
The multiple tsunamis struck and ravaged coastal regions all over the Indian Ocean, devastating parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and other countries. Deadly tsunamis struck as far away as Somalia and several other countries on the east coast of Africa, 4,500 km (2,800 mi) or more west of the epicentre. Global ripple effects were so widespread that wave fluctuations passed into the Pacific Ocean and caused tidal disturbances in North and South America.
The plight of the affected people and countries prompted a widespread humanitarian response, see links below.
Link to Tsunami
Relief at Google
Take a look about the origin of tsunamis here and the explanation of how tsunamis are created by earthquakes far away from where they are most destructive at costal areas far from the earthquake. This is very relevant for the Indian Ocean tsanumi that hit so many countries and people at 26th. December 2004.
Read more about tsunamis and especially the catastrophe in 2004 of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami hitting a number of Southeast Asian countries: Thailand, Indonesia, India, Malaysia.
Relief links provided by Google with the following text
Like so many others around the world, we at Google are following the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami that has hit many parts of Asia and east Africa. Below are a few sites already set up to provide information and handle donations for victims throughout the region. Our thoughts are with everyone who have been affected.
(CNN) -- International aid organizations are accepting donations to help victims of the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunamis that caused widespread destruction in parts of South Asia and East Africa.
The groups include:
Action Against Hunger
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc.
American Jewish World Service
American Red Cross
Association for India's Development
Catholic Relief Services
Christian Children's Fund
Church World Service
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders
Food for the Hungry, Inc.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
International Medical Corps
International Rescue Committee
Islamic Relief Worldwide
Lutheran World Relief
Network for Good
Operation Blessing International
Project Concern International
Save the Children USA
U.N. World Food Programme
The TSUNAMI TRAGEDY reached more than 230.000 victims and many, many more families and indivituals that lost there loved ones and property and houses, and in fact lost their whole livelihoods.
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