Sea surges kill thousands in Asia

From the BBC, December 26, 2004

More than 7,000 people have been killed across southern Asia in massive sea surges triggered by the strongest earthquake in the world for 40 years.

The 8.9 magnitude quake struck under the sea near Aceh in north Indonesia, generating a wall of water that sped across thousands of kilometres of sea. More than 3,200 died in Sri Lanka, 2,200 in Indonesia and 2,000 in India. Casualty figures are rising over a wide area, including tourist resorts on Thailand packed with holidaymakers.

Exact numbers of people killed, injured or missing in the countries hit, are impossible to confirm. Hundreds are still thought to be missing from coastal regions and, in Sri Lanka alone, officials say more than a million people have been forced from their homes. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga declared a national disaster and the military has been deployed to help rescue efforts..........

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