12 years of 2004 Asia Tsunami
Mon 26th Dec 2016 05:12:30 PM
26th December, 2004 an earthquake of Magnitude 9.1-9.1 shook the southern part of Asia with the epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, followed by a Tsunami across the Indian Ocean. It was marked as one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
Thailand, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka were among the worst hit countries. It killed around 230,000-280,00 people in 14 countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 100 ft high. It is the third-largest earthquake ever recorder on a seismograph and had longest duration of 8.3 to 10 minutes.
In Thailand it has been reported that still 400 bodies are still remaining unidentified. "Since the 2004 tsunami, authorities have contacted between 4,000 to 5,000 relatives to come and receive bodies. There are about 400 bodies that we cannot identify," Anand Boonkerkaew, deputy superintendent of Takua Pa district police in Phang Nga province, told Reuters.
It was reported that 18,045 were estimated to be dead in Tami Nadu, India and 5,640 people are missing. Tsunami was a word which wasn’t knew to most of the people before 26th December. The people most affected by the Tsunami were the local fishermen. In India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were the closest to the epicenter of the earthquake and hence the origin of tsunamis, and was the worst sufferer. The largest number of deaths was reported from Nagapattinam, Kanniyakumari, Cuddalore and Chennai districts. Property worth crores of rupees has been damaged as a result of attack by tsunamis. Infrastructural elements like houses, public buildings, transport and communication system etc. had been damaged almost beyond repair. Tsunamis of 26th December 2004 were so strong that they could bring about drastic physiographic changes in different parts of the world. The killer tsunamis had badly affected the marine life of the Indian Ocean. A large section of the coral reefs of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands archipelago had been destroyed, while others suffered extensive damages.
Today, on 26th December, 2016, In Nagapattinama and Kanya Kumari, the local people will be paying homage at Tsunami memorial