The Indian Ocean Tsunami: A Survey of the Underwater Earthquake Zone
On December 26, 2004, a giant earthquake of magnitude 9.3 on the Richter scale was triggered in the deep ocean off western Indonesia. Simultaneously, a devastating tsunami was generated, causing destruction and loss of life around Indian Ocean coastlines. Learn about what happened by viewing images and text from the geologists who, for the first time, were able to survey an underwater earthquake zone immediately after an event of this magnitude. Text and captions by Russell B. Wynn, Senior Research Scientist, Marine Geology and Ecology, National Oceanography Centre, U.K. 3-D color seafloor images sourced from the UK Hydrographic Office (www.ukho.gov.uk).
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