Essay on The Tsunami Of The Indian Ocean

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On Sunday, December 26th of 2004, the Indian Ocean was about to be affected in a way that would change their lives, and would not know until the moment of the event. It was 7:59 am when the Sumatra–Andaman region felt an earthquake of between 9.1 and 9.3 magnitude. As the Earthquake lasted for almost 10 minutes, it began to affect other parts of the world. The earthquake of this event, was able to cause the whole planet to vibrate as much as 0.4 inches. Sparking other different earthquakes far away, such as in Alaska. However, there was a tsunami that followed the earthquake in which impacted about 11 Indian Ocean countries, varying from east Africa to Thailand. Nevertheless, Indonesia was the most affected, following Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. The 10 minute, 9.0+ magnitude earthquake commenced in the Indian Ocean, which then that created waves up to 30 m or 100 ft. causing many deaths, and great damages, due to the ground shaking and flooding. The earthquake hit a big geographical area, in this article, The New World Encyclopedia states; “An estimated 1,600 km (994 mi) of faultline slipped about 15 m (50 ft) along the subduction zone where the India Plate slides under the Burma Plate. The slip took place in two phases over a period of several minutes.” (web). Meaning that this big slips is what caused the very strong earthquake which then began the enormous waves of the tsunami. Since this was a mass earthquake, there are reports of aftershocks in the Andaman…

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