The great Indian Ocean tsunami that struck 11 countries on 26 December 2004 killed an estimated 150,000 people and left millions homeless. The epicenter of that 9.0 quake was near the west coast of Sumatra, underneath the Indian Ocean.
On March 11, 2011, the Honshu Tsunami, caused by a 9.0 earthquake with its epicenter off of the northeast coast of Japan, struck the island nation, leaving thousands dead and thousands more homeless.
What causes a tsunami? How can an earthquake under the ocean cause so much damage on land?
Podders79’s ”Animation-Tsunami Guide” explains the ocean-side cause and effect of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but leaves off what happened once the tsunami struck land. It is still chilling to watch.
What are your thoughts after watching Podders79’s animation of the cause and immediate effect of a tsunami?
If you’d like to see how the Honshu Tsunami of 11 March 2011 spread across the Pacific Ocean, please read my post, “NOAA Maps Shows Honshu Tsunami Wave Heights Around the Globe“. Also see, National Geographic’s “Tsunamis — Fact About Killer Waves“.