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Tenth anniversary of Indian Ocean Tsunami observed on 26 December

Dec 26, 2014 18:32 IST

Indian Ocean Tsunami: 26 December

Tenth anniversary of Indian Ocean Tsunami was observed on 26 December 2014. The tsunami was struck off the coastal countries of Indian Ocean triggered by a 9.1magnitude earthquake in 2004.

In Sri Lanka, the day was observed as the National Safety Day with a series of commemoration functions across the nation. Memorial ceremonies are held for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

In Banda Aceh of Indonesia, thousands of people gathered at the Great Mosque, a19th Century building and paid homage to the victims of tsunami. In India also paid homage to the victims of tsunami especially in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

About Tsunami 2004
Tsunami or Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea mega thrust earthquake that occurred on 26 December 2004, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Tsunami was triggered by a 9.1magnitude earthquake, which struck off the costal countries of Indian Ocean such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and others. This was among the deadliest natural disasters in human history with at least 290000 people killed or missing in 14 countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

Tsunami was also known as the Sumatra–Andaman earthquake and it has given various names, such as South Asian tsunami, Indonesian tsunami, the Christmas tsunami and the Boxing Day tsunami.

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