Nature: Earthquake Sum. 49502

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Nature: Earthquake Sum. 49502 Gender: N/A
born on 26 December 2004 at 07:59 (= 07:59 AM )
Place 3n16, 95e49
Timezone SST h7e (is standard time)
Data source
Timed official source; 00:00:01 legal
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 04°36' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°11 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 22°21'


Indonesian earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0, its epicenter was off the coast of Northern Sumatra's Aceh province. According to CNN reports, the earthquake "appeared to swing north into the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean." The fourth largest earthquake since 1899, it triggered tsunamis killing hundreds of thousands; the first tsunami hurled toward southern Thailand about one hour after the earthquake. Again, according to CNN, "After 2 1/2 hours, the torrents had traveled some 1,000 miles and slammed India and Sri Lanka. Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, and Bangladesh were also hit. Eventually they struck Somalia, on the east coast of Africa, where hundreds were reported killed."

By December 29, the number of dead exceeded 80,000, with a third to a half of the dead said to be children. Many of the dead or missing were vacationers in the seaside resorts that were ripped apart by the tsunami waves. Sweden lost 3,000 people who had been enjoying a sunny vacation. By January 1, 2005, the numbers of confirmed dead exceeded 140,000, with more discovered every day. Relief workers and government authorities fear that the death toll will increase as more bodies are recovered and as infectious diseases like cholera take hold and spread quickly because of infected water supplies, limited resources, and the weakened bodies of the survivors.


Source Notes

PT quotes USGS for coordinates and time (00:58:49 UT) of the quake at the epicenter; place was off the west coast of Northern Sumatra. The USGS gives nearest land locations of Banda Aceh at 255 km (160 miles) SSE of the epicenter


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