At the time of writing this article, it is exactly 10 years on from when a devastating tsunami struck North Sumatra, Indonesia, before making its way to Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and other countries. Today, WowShack looks back on this sad event (with a focus on Indonesia) by remembering its effects. This is the Boxing Day Tsunami in pictures and numbers.
Lest we forget.
8 AM Indonesian time
9-9.3 on the Richter scale (megathrust earthquake)
Hypocentre was only 160 km off the coast of Aceh
Traveled between 500 to 1000km/h under the sea
Near coastline, slows down to only tens of km/h
Height when coming on shore 24m
Reached 30km inland
221,000 estimated deaths in Indonesia (out of 286,000 total deaths)
500,000 people displaced
Total of $14 billion in aid for damaged regions (all countries)
Here we show the images of the destruction and sadness in Aceh in 2004 to remind us of what the region went through, and how far it has come again.