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Earthquakes & Tsunamis

Massive earthquakes and tsunamis are rare, but immensely destructive

Giant earthquakes can cause enormous damage locally.  Worse, they sometimes trigger tsunamis that can devastate coastal areas around an entire ocean basin. The enormous scale of the 2004 Indonesian earthquake and tsunami and the unexpected way people were killed in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and the Maldive Islands will be explored. This talk evolved from an earlier version called Profile of a Disaster: The 2004 Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami.

Tsunami Inundation

Tsunami inundation in Phuket, Thailand

2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami at Phuket, Thailand