Deadly Tsunami Hits Asia!
Information from the Japanese research group studying the Dec 26th tsunami, click here
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 bellow.