At least people were killed and were injured when waves believed to be as high as 10ft struck at about 9. Aerial photographs from the district of Carita show buildings ripped apart in the disaster with debris strewn across the ground. Hundreds of homes on the islands of Java and Sumatra have been destroyed while other buildings were "heavily damaged" when the tsunami struck, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said.
Earthquakesvolcanic eruptions and other underwater explosions including detonations, landslides, glacier calvingsmeteorite impacts and other disturbances above or below water all have the potential to generate a tsunami. Tsunami waves do not resemble normal undersea currents or sea waves because their wavelength is far longer. Although the impact of tsunamis is limited to coastal areas, their destructive power can be enormous, and they can affect entire ocean basins.
December 26 marks the year anniversary of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, one of the largest natural disasters on record. The tsunami killed somepeople across 14 countries, wiping out entire villages in the process. Around 9, of those victims were tourists, visiting the resorts of Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka during the Christmas season.
Rescue teams are continuing to assess the scale of the destruction after a 7. The largest wave on Friday crested over electricity poles in Donggala. Hundreds were killed and nearly 17, were made homeless in Paluwhere buildings collapsed and waves reached as high as 18 feet.
Devastating aerial images have shown the scale of destruction left after a deadly tsunami hit a city in Indonesia. Nearly people have been confirmed dead after a tsunami triggered by a huge earthquake hit Palu, in Indonesia. Waves up to 3m 10ft high swept through the city on Sulawesi island at a speed of almost mph.
A powerful, 7. Tens of thousands have been displaced, and the death toll is expected to rise. Conditions in the devastated area are grim, with food and water supplies running low and few buildings sturdy enough to offer safety from aftershocks.
On this day, ten years ago, a magnitude 9. Today, many of the communities have recovered, though painful memories and some ruined structures remain in place. Across Asia today, memorials were held in remembrance of the thousands of victims.
Hermann Fritz heard the news on the radio. It was the day after Christmas inand Fritz, a civil engineer who lived in Georgia, was visiting his parents' home in Zurich, Switzerland, for the holidays. The reporter's voice crackled through the speaker: There had been an earthquake in the Indian Ocean.
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.