Today in History
December 26, 2004
A 9.1- magnitude earthquake, the largest in four decades, triggers the world's deadliest tsunami in recorded history. With the quake epicenter deep under the Indian Ocean near Sumatra, an Indonesian island, producing 100-feet waves, devastation spreads to as many as 18 countries. More than 225,000 people die, thousands are left homeless and some remain missing. It is said that the duration of the quake, about 10 minutes, caused the whole planet to shake.
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