Tsunami : The Deadliest Natural Disasters Essay

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In 2004 the Indian Ocean coastline at Sumatra, Indonesia was struck by a devastatingly high magnitude earthquake. The earthquake, which was said to have released the energy of roughly 23,000 Hiroshima style bombs, triggered a tsunami that followed shortly after (Nation Geographic 1). The Tsunami that followed caused mass destruction and is actually considered one of the deadliest natural disasters to ever be recorded (Taylor 1). This Tsunami, known as the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami, struck on December 26 at around 7:58 a.m. tore through and obliterated most of the coastline (Figure 1.1) (Tsunami Devastates 1). It is a notable Tsunami because it had been triggered by the largest earthquake in 40 years and is now considered one of the most destructive, if not the most, Tsunamis in recorded history (National Geographic 1). Tsunamis are known be destructive and chaotic. Racing across the sea at up to 500 miles an hour it comes as no surprise that they are considered one of the deadliest natural disasters occurrences (Tsunami Facts 1). Tsunamis are not only fast, but are also known to become extremely tall in height reaching sometimes over a hundred feet up (Tsunami Facts 1). That’s about the size of a ten story building. They are also known to stick close to the Pacific oceans “Ring of Fire”, occurring here about eighty percent of the time (Tsunami Facts 1). The reason for this being is that the “Ring of Fire” rests above tectonic plates that make volcanic eruptions and…

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