The Sumatran Earthquake in December 2004 is the longest Earthquake ever recorded, lasting about nine minutes. It was an oceanic earthquake, and it caused a tsunamie to later hit Sumatra itself, as well as openeing faults on the sea floor and causing a number of aftershocks.
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The Indian Ocean Earthquake of 2004 was the longest duration of faulting ever observed, lasting between 8.3 minutes and 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet to vibrate as much as 1 cm and triggered other earthquakes as far away as Alaska. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history killing nearly 230,000 people in 14 countries. With a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3, it is the second largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph.
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