Impact Of The Indian Ocean Tsunami

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The impact of the Indian ocean tsunami
How would you feel if you were told that you and your beloved ones will face a terrible disaster in only a few minutes and there was nothing you can do to survive? This is what happened in the Indian ocean tsunami that was on December 26, 2004 when a giant earthquake occurred in the Indian ocean and unleashed a series of killer waves towards more than thirteen countries in which the most affected ones were Sumatra in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Maldives. In this essay we will discuss the cause of this tsunami and its environmental, humanitarian and economic impact in the worst affected countries, Indonesia.
First of all, to understand the meaning of the tsunami, we have to know first the causes of it. According to one of the world’s leading experts in tsunami science and mitigation, Dr.Eddie N. Bernard, tsunami generally occurred when a sudden large disturbance happens in the undersea floor which generates a series of ocean waves more than 7 meter high called tsunami. A huge undersea earthquake, underwater landslides and volcanic eruptions are some examples of the sudden undersea disturbance. The Indian ocean tsunami in 2004 was caused by a huge undersea earthquake occurred in the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia and since it was one of the biggest earthquake that ever happened over the past 40 years, it triggered the deadliest tsunami in the history (NOAA).
Regarding to the environmental impact of the Indian ocean…
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