Essay The Global Geographic Topic

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Task 1: Describe the pattern(s) of the global geographic topic

Just before 8:00am local time on Boxing Day 2004 a magnitude 9.3 earthquake occurred about 240 kilometres off the coast of Sumatra and about 30 kilometres below the ocean floor. The earthquake jolted the seabed for nearly 10 minutes. It was one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded.

This submarine earthquake, provided the initial disturbance in the height of the ocean’s surface. For a short time after the earthquake, the motion of the tsunami was governed by a linear wave pattern, until it entered shallower coastal regions where it became large and destructive as it approached the shore. A Linear pattern is repeated indefinitely in either direction along a line. This meaning when the earthquake hit it went in lines out to the main countries that were around the Indian Ocean.

The pattern of worst damage and deaths can be plotted by using a timeline.

0100 GMT The tsunami first hits the northern tip of Indonesia (Southern Hemisphere) in the Aceh province as well as the Nicobar and Andaman islands. There are 131,028 deaths are recorded and 37,000 people are missing. People had no warning and did not know what was happening, they had no idea that they had been the first victims in the tsunami’s path.

0230 GMT the beaches in Southern Thailand(eastern and northern hemisphere), including Phuket, are hit, many tourists are drowned in their hotel rooms. 5,395 are dead, 8,457 are missing. Damage…

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