The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Ila Ali

What is a tsunami?

Tsunamis are giant waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea. Out in the depths of the ocean, tsunami waves do not dramatically increase in height. But as the waves travel inland, they build up to higher and higher heights as the depth of the ocean decreases.

Tsunami vs. Huricanes , Tsunamis vs. tornadoes

Tsunami vs hurricane:

Tsunamis are large tidal waves and hurricanes are large storms

Tsunami vs tornado

A tornado is a large spinning column of air and a tsunami is large waves in the ocean

The devastating incident

The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 was the most recent and most devastating tsunami to hit Thailand. This tsunami took place in about 14 different countries. And took more than 230,000 lives. This tsunami occurred because of a 9.1 earthquake underneath the Indian Ocean near Indonesia. This tsunami ruined the lives of many people and many people are still devastated today yet some of the ruined buildings still stand there in rememberance.