Earthquake Of Tsunami Of Indonesia Essay
On December 26, 2004, at approximately eight in the morning, there was a huge earthquake that struck the Indian Ocean. The magnitude of this earthquake was a 9.3 on the Richter scale. According to this scale, anything over a 9 results in “near-total destruction, waves moving through the earth visible with naked eye. The epicenter was off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. According to the California Institute of Technology, this earthquake ruptured the greatest fault length of 1500 kilometers. This rupture lasted about 10 minutes long. During this event, there were two tectonic plates that were stuck together (the India Plate and the Burma Plate), which broke free of one another, causing the upper plate to slide back upward, creating the large quake (California Institute of Technology, 2008). These big of earthquakes happen about every 300 years in population” (www.sms-tsunami-warning.com). This big of an earthquake can trigger a tsunami, and it did. It triggered a large tsunami, which is known at the Boxing Day Tsunami. This earthquake and tsunami combination left approximately 250,000 dead and extreme amounts of damage in the countries affected by it (Srinivas, 2008). To this day, more than a decade later, scientists are still researching the effects of this tsunami and humanity is still cleaning up after it.
Impact on environment and society
The Boxing Day Tsunami had many impacts on not only humanity, but also many different environments. According to…