The Tsunami of 2004 is one of the largest recorded natural disasters in history. The earthquake deep beneath the Indian Ocean that triggered the wave alone was massive, measuring a 9.0 on the Richter Scale. Estimates suggest that the tsunami’s force was equal to 5 megatons of TNT, more than twice of all used in World War II. The force also exceeds the largest nuclear explosion by more than 1000 times.
The quake that caused the tsunami was of magnitude 9.1 and the resulting tsunami had a devastating impact on several countries such as Thailand, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Waves reached as high as 100 feet and about 230,000 people died in the destruction.
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