2004
WORLD NEWS

Thousands killed as tsunami sweeps across Asia

from CBC.ca archives | Sun, 26 Dec 2004

BANGKOK - More than 12,000 people have died across south and southeast Asia, after the largest earthquake in 40 years triggered a massive tsunami, sending a wall of water crashing into coastal communities throughout the region.

The quake centred nearest to the Indonesian island of Sumatra measured 8.9 on the Richter scale, but was later raised to 9.0. It caused a deadly wave of water that struck Indonesia, southern Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. All are reporting massive casualties.

The tidal waves washed away fishing villages and resorts throughout the region.

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The coastal community of Maddampegama, about 60 kilometres south of Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP photo)

The coastal community of Maddampegama, about 60 kilometres south of Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP photo)