2004 Asian Tsunami

By: Abbie Jewell

Date Event Occurred-

Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 7:56 a.m.

Strength of Tsunami-

The earthquake that caused the tsunami was a 9.1 magnitude.

Death Toll-


8,212 confirmed deaths

2,817 missing

8,457 injured

7,000 displaced


167,736 confirmed deaths

37,063 missing

none injured

less than 500,000 displaced

Sri Lanka-

35,322 confirmed deaths

6,700 missing

21,411 injured

516,150 displaced


18,045 confirmed deaths

5,640 missing

none injured

647,599 displaced


289 confirmed deaths

211 missing

none injured

5,000 displaced


108 confirmed deaths

26 missing

none injured

15,000 displaced


75 confirmed deaths

6 missing

299 injured

none displaced


13 confirmed deaths

none missing

none injured

none displaced


2 confirmed deaths

none missing

none injured

none displaced

South Africa-

2 confirmed deaths

none missing

none injured

none displaced


1 confirmed death

none missing

2 injured

none displaced

Total Death Toll-

230,000 confirmed deaths

45,752 missing

125,000 injured

1,690,000 displaced

Economic Effects-

Destruction Caused-

The tsunami was so powerful it wiped out everything on the coast including resorts, houses, cars, businesses, hospitals, churches, and more. The tsunami basically destroyed everything in its path.

Economic Hardship-

$34.5 million

Where did the tsunami hit?

The 2004 Asian Tsunami hit Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Cause of tsunami?

Scientists have found that two huge boulders may have been dragged along the ocean floor causing the huge displacement in the ocean.

Interesting Facts-

• The energy released in the tsunami was equivalent to the explosion of 475,000 kilotons of TNT, or 23,000 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs.

• The 2004 Asian Tsunami was the fourth largest tsunami since 1900 and the world's largest tsunami since a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1964.

• The waves of the tsunami travelled up to 2000 meters inland.