It was , the day after Christmas , and 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 staggering , lives in a matter of hours. Buildings folded like houses of cards, trees and cars were swept up in the oil-black rapids and virtually no one caught in the deluge survived.
On December 26, , an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 9. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. A general view of the scene at the Marina beach in Madras, 26 December , after tidal waves hit the region. Tidal waves devastated the southern Indian coastline killing people, the home minister said, warning that the grim death toll was expected to rise. National Centers for Environmental Information Statistics: , people were killed or listed as missing and presumed dead. Facts: Tsunamis are formed by a displacement of water - a landslide, volcanic eruption, or, as in this case, slippage of the boundary between two of the earth's tectonic plates - slabs of rock 50 to feet 15 to meters thick that carry the Earth's continents and seas on an underground ocean of much hotter, semi-solid material.
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All rights reserved. The Indian Ocean tsunami generated by the most powerful earthquake in decades on December 26 is believed to have killed more than , people and made millions homeless, making it perhaps the most destructive tsunami in history. The epicenter of the 9.
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