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Facts and Figures: Asian Tsunami Disaster
The Deadliest Tsunami in Recorded History - HISTORY
It was , the day after Christmas , and thousands of European and American tourists had flocked to the beaches of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to escape the winter chill in a tropical paradise. At AM, a 9. The Boxing Day tsunami would be the deadliest in recorded history, taking a staggering , lives in a matter of hours. Buildings folded like houses of cards, trees and cars were swept up in the oil-black rapids and virtually no one caught in the deluge survived. Thailand was next. With waves traveling mph across the Indian Ocean, the tsunami hit the coastal provinces of Phang Nga and Phuket an hour and a half later.
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More than people were injured and over 27, left their homes after the 6. Some sought refuge in the mountains, while others went to cramped evacuation centres, witnesses said. Police and military officers have been deployed to crack down on looting in several parts of the region, Jati added. An emergency response status, intended to help rescue efforts, has also been put in place for two weeks, he said. Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of Indonesia's meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency BMKG , has said that another quake in the region could potentially trigger a tsunami.