Asia hit by devastating earthquake & Tsunamis (26th December 2004)
Asia was hit by a huge earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale on 26th December 2004 - the biggest earthquake for 40 years. The earthquake which occurred off of the coast of Sumatra resulted in huge tidal waves (tsunamis). Many countries have been affected including amongst other Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India and Indonesia.
Follow the links below to find out about the cause of the tsunamis and the devastating effects of this natural disaster.
Tsunamis - an animated guide - what causes them? http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4130000/newsid_4137800/4137839.stm
Earthquake Disaster - Full guide and coverage of the Disaster http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/specials/2004/asia_earthquake_disaster/default.stm
Indonesia Quake - said to be amongst most powerful (early report) http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4694199,00.html?gusrc=ticker-103704
Tidal Wave kills more than 700 in Asia (very early report before full scale of devastation became clear) http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4694194,00.html
Indonesia Quake sparks fatal tidal waves http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4694154,00.html
Special Report: Indian Ocean Tsunamis http://www.guardian.co.uk/tsunami/0,15671,1380306,00.html
Indian Ocean Tsunamis - Archived Articles
BBC News sites:
Asia reels from tides and tremors (early report) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4125481.stm
Eyewitness: Sri Lanka Tsunamis http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4125581.stm
Wave Damage shocks rescuers http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4146127.stm
Asia Quake In Depth http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/world/2004/asia_quake_disaster/default.stm (With links to major news stories related to the quake / tsunamis disaster).
In pictures - Quake Disaster http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4125481.stm
Asian Quake - Death Toll reaches 1,000 (initial report when death toll was still unclear) http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/26/asia.quake/index.html
Major world earthquakes since 1900 (Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4694170,00.html
Tidal Waves - Tsunamis (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/hottopics/naturaldisasters/tidalwaves.shtml
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