Asian Tsunami Five-Year Anniversary: Memories In Videos & Photos
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the 2004 Asian tsunami that killed over 230,000 people, and became the fifth deadliest earthquake in human history. On December 26, 2004, the so-called Boxing Day tsunami has come crashing on the shores of eleven countries with hardest hit being the resort nations of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives and Thailand. An undersea earthquake with an epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia had a magnitude of 9.1-9.3 and became the driving force for the massive tsunami with waves up to 30 meters high. The devastation that the earthquake and tsunami caused left thousands of people homeless. In all, $7 billion has been donated to the rescue funds in the years after the tsunami. But, many victims of the tsunami still remain without permanent homes.
Today, prayers were said all over Asia for the people who perished as the result of the 2004 tsunami. A moment of silence was observed in many places. Commemorating services were also held in Europe and North America for the hundreds of tourists who were killed by the tsunami while on vacation. Incidentally, a 6.7 magnitude undersea earthquake shook Indonesia's Maluku Island today, but no deaths or damages have been reported.
To this day, the videos & photos showing the devastation and aftermath from the deadly Asian tsunami are a painful reminder of one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in history. We have attached a gallery of tsunami footage with this article.