Devastating Tsunami in Thailand

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Tsunami in in Thailand 2004 The tsunami in Thailand that occurred on December 26, 2004, was by far the largest tsunami catastrophe in human history. It was triggered by a magnitude 9.1-9.3 earthquake along the Indian-Australian seduction zone off the northern coast of Sumatra. The tsunami waves traveled primarily in the east to west direction and caused major damage along the coasts of southern Thailand. Unpredictably, it was a violent earthquake beneath the sea that initiated the massive waves and struck more than a dozen countries in Southern Asia. It also destroyed thousands of miles of coastline and even submerged entire islands permanently. Throughout the region, the tsunami killed more than…show more content…
However, with just minutes’ notice, and clear orders to escape, various citizens who had no clue what was going on, or how to respond, could have escaped to safeguard. Absolutely, the tsunami and earthquake that triggered it are natural phenomena and we, as humans, cannot presumably control the inevitably occurrence of natural disaster. In addition, if the proper scientific equipment would have been in place, the pattern of a tsunami could have been also be identified and forecasted. (World Socialist Website 1) According to Gail Stewart, experts say that a tsunami warning system has existed but only in the Pacific Ocean. Evidently, there was no such system in place in the Indian Ocean. Specialists declare that these tsunamis are fairly common in the Pacific, more than 90 percent arise. She also mentions that not only a tsunami warning system costs a huge amount of money, but also it did not occur to some people to build a warning system for such an unusual occurrence had never seemed like an imperative investment. However, Dr Laura Kong a tsunami expert explains that “It’s an inexact science now” (17). Therefore, it is an unpredictable incidence no one knows exactly when a tsunami will occur since every earthquake doesn’t automatically trigger a tsunami. In the lack of planning, preparation and additional equipment, it is hard to make accurate predictions. Moreover, time is of the essence,

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