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2004 tsunami: 17 years on, a look back at one of the deadliest disasters ever

Triggered by the undersea earthquake activity offshore, the 100-feet-high tsunami waves laid bare complete annihilation in as many as 14 countries, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

Submerged buildings are seen near the pier at Ton Sai Bay in Thailand’s Phi Phi island, December 28, 2004 after a tsunami hit the area. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Submerged buildings are seen near the pier at Ton Sai Bay in Thailand’s Phi Phi island, December 28, 2004 after a tsunami hit the area. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 06:10 AM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits Indonesia, tsunami warning issued

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, on the other hand, estimated the magnitude at 7.7, placing the earthquake at a depth of 5km.

Indonesia experiences frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”. (Photo via social media)
Indonesia experiences frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”. (Photo via social media)
Updated on Dec 14, 2021 11:00 AM IST
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

On World Tsunami Awareness Day 2021, UN calls for increased understanding

While the UN said that tsunamis were rare events, it also noted that in the past 100 years, as many as 58 instances of the natural disaster were observed that had claimed the lives of 260,000 people, or 4,600 deaths per disaster.

Earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions and extraterrestrial collisions were among the top reasons listed by the UN that could cause a tsunami. In picture - Tsunami waves hitting the coast of Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, in the wake of a 9.0-magnitude quake.(AFP | Representational image)
Earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions and extraterrestrial collisions were among the top reasons listed by the UN that could cause a tsunami. In picture - Tsunami waves hitting the coast of Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, in the wake of a 9.0-magnitude quake.(AFP | Representational image)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 08:56 AM IST
Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Mighty earthquake hits Pacific town of Acapulco, Mexico City feels the tremors

Mexico earthquake: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that authorities in the four states that most felt the earthquake told him there were no victims or serious damage beyond some collapsed walls and falling rocks.

Health workers check on their mobile phones as they stand outside Veracruz General Hospital after a strong earthquake, in Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. The quake struck southern Mexico near the resort of Acapulco, causing buildings to rock and sway in Mexico City nearly 200 miles away. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
Health workers check on their mobile phones as they stand outside Veracruz General Hospital after a strong earthquake, in Veracruz, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. The quake struck southern Mexico near the resort of Acapulco, causing buildings to rock and sway in Mexico City nearly 200 miles away. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
Published on Sep 08, 2021 10:08 AM IST
AP |

Tsunami alert after 6.8-magnitude quake off Vanuatu

Hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 300 kilometres of the epicentre, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a preliminary assessment.

The earthquake was detected at a depth of 94 kilometres (56 miles) and was about 340 kilometres northwest of Port Vila(Representative image)
The earthquake was detected at a depth of 94 kilometres (56 miles) and was about 340 kilometres northwest of Port Vila(Representative image)
Published on Aug 18, 2021 05:30 PM IST
AFP |
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