Deadly Tsunami Hits Asia!
Information from the Japanese research group studying the Dec 26th tsunami,
On 26th December 2004 off the coast of Northern Sumatra the
fourth largest earthquake this century occurred at 00:58 UTC. The quake
occurred at 10 km depth, and was measured to 9.0 on the open ended Richter
scale. A displacement of the tectonic plates will always generate a wave at
the surface of the ocean - a so-called Tsunami. In this case, the tectonic
plates are estimated to have been displaced as much as 30 metres - thus, the
energy released is equivalent to 10.000 Hiroshima atomic bombs. The location
of the earthquake is shown in the image below.