Essay about The Indian Ocean Tsunami

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Imagine more than half of the population of Kenosha being over-taken by a deluge of water without warning or the ability to escape. On December 26, 2004, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, occurred in the Indian Ocean off of the Samaritan coast, triggering the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. Before the tsunami, this region of the world was one of the most sought after vacation spots. After the record-breaking destruction, the pristine beach front and inviting residents were forever changed. The regional damage was so massive that it demanded a response on a global scale for rescue, recovery, stability, and to rebuild this treasured place. Before the tsunami, this region of the world was one …show more content…
Indonesia’s three distinct geographical areas, Sundah Shelf, Sahul Shelf, and forming volcanic region yielded different tourist attractions as well as agricultural exports. Agriculture provided the second largest percent of gross domestic product behind the leading tourism industry (CIA World Fact Book). The Sumatran region gave visitors a look at production and export of the most important regional exports. Coffee, tea, copra, palm oil, sisal, tobacco, sugar, cocoa, and other spices provided the world with treats and delicacies for both young and old. The National Geographic article on the tsunami stated that the agricultural success depended upon a fresh water supply, steady weather, healthy soil, and quick transport to the world for the perishable commodities (The Deadliest Tsunami in History? 2). A dedicated workforce to farm the land and transport the goods was especially critical for the smaller islands seeking to develop economically and socially. The people of the region were divided into many cultural groups as the number of islands. There were over two hundred and fifty different languages spoken in the area and very little communication, transport, or connection between the many other islands the natives occupied (Southwest 28). Over seventy four percent of the total population of Indonesia worked in agriculture and the remaining participated in tourism or fishing

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