It wasthe day after Christmasand thousands of European and American tourists had flocked to the beaches of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to escape the winter chill in a tropical paradise. At AM, a 9. The Boxing Day tsunami would be the deadliest in recorded history, taking a staggeringlives in a matter of hours.
Devastating aerial images have shown the scale of destruction left after a deadly tsunami hit a city in Indonesia. Nearly people have been confirmed dead after a tsunami triggered by a huge earthquake hit Palu, in Indonesia. Waves up to 3m 10ft high swept through the city on Sulawesi island at a speed of almost mph.
At least people were killed and were injured when waves believed to be as high as 10ft struck at about 9. Aerial photographs from the district of Carita show buildings ripped apart in the disaster with debris strewn across the ground. Hundreds of homes on the islands of Java and Sumatra have been destroyed while other buildings were "heavily damaged" when the tsunami struck, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency, said. Other images show cars that have been thrown about by the wall of water, which is believed to have been caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau.
Updated December 26, December 26,marks the tenth anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami, created by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. The earthquake - which occurred off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra - set off a series of tsunamis, some as high as 30 metres.
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A powerful, 7. Tens of thousands have been displaced, and the death toll is expected to rise. Conditions in the devastated area are grim, with food and water supplies running low and few buildings sturdy enough to offer safety from aftershocks.
Footage from the Indonesia island captured the moment the huge wave struck the coast submerging homes and quickly reaching high buildings. Onlookers can be heard screaming as the water approaches before fleeing away. The screen briefly turns to black before returning to capture footage of the devastated surroundings. The tsunami was sparked by a 7.
On this day, ten years ago, a magnitude 9. Today, many of the communities have recovered, though painful memories and some ruined structures remain in place. Across Asia today, memorials were held in remembrance of the thousands of victims.
Rescue teams are continuing to assess the scale of the destruction after a 7. The largest wave on Friday crested over electricity poles in Donggala. Hundreds were killed and nearly 17, were made homeless in Paluwhere buildings collapsed and waves reached as high as 18 feet. In two neighborhoods in Palu — Balaroa and Petobo — more than 2, buildings were destroyed when the soil beneath them was liquefied by the earthquake.