Sunday, December 26, 2004

Earthquake in the Indian Ocean

The US Geological Survey recorded an earthquake at a magnitude of 9.0 Richter scale on Dec. 26, 2004 in the Indian Ocean.

The temblor began on Sunday at 7:58 a.m. Its epicenter is around 255 km southeast of Banda Aceh. It is the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and is the largest since the 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska earthquake.

But the subsequent tsunami, which began between 15 and 30 minutes after the temblor, depending on the distance between each village to the epicenter, caused more casualties than any other disaster in recorded history. It drastically changed the Acehnese cause.

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