Waves as high as 30 feet (9 metres) struck the eastern coasts of India and Sri Lanka—some 750 miles (1,200 km) away—and traveled more than 1,800 miles (3,000 km) to East Africa. The final death toll was at least 225,000, mostly in Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Sri Lanka.
What is the estimated speed of the December 26 tsunami?
The tsunami’s waves traveled across the Indian Ocean at 500 mph, the speed of a jet plane. The 2004 Indonesia earthquake caused a shift in the Earth’s mass that changed the planet’s rotation. Total material losses from the tsunami were estimated at $10 million.
What was the tallest wave height of the 2004 tsunami?
The greatest run-up height of the tsunami was measured at a hill between Lhoknga and Leupung, on the western coast of the northern tip of Sumatra, near Banda Aceh, and reached 51 m (167 ft). The tsunami heights in Sumatra: 15–30 m (49–98 ft) on the west coast of Aceh. 6–12 m (20–39 ft) on the Banda Aceh coast.
How high were the waves in the tsunami?
The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26th December 2004
The waves devastated the shores of parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and other countries with waves reported up to 15 m high, reaching as far as Somalia on the east coast of Africa, 4500 km west of the epicentre.
What was the average wave length of the tsunami wave when it hit Sumatra?
More than half of those killed had lived in Acheh Province, Sumatra, where the tsunami rose as high as 30 m (100 ft.) and traveled more than 4 km (2.5 mi.) inland in this low-lying region. This earthquake began at its epicenter near northern Sumatra and moved the earth’s crust an average of 15 m (50 ft.)
Can you swim in a tsunami?
“A person will be just swept up in it and carried along as debris; there’s no swimming out of a tsunami,” Garrison-Laney says. “There’s so much debris in the water that you’ll probably get crushed.” Eventually, the wave will pull back, dragging cars, trees, and buildings with it.
When was the last tsunami in the world?
Tsunami of January 22, 2017 (Bougainville, P.N.G.)
What are the 3 biggest tsunamis ever?
The Deadliest Tsunamis
- Sunda Strait, Indonesia 2018: Java and Sumatra, Indonesia.
- Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia 2018: Palu bay, Indonesia.
- Sendai, Japan 2011: Japan and other countries.
- Maule, Chile 2010: Chile and other countries.
- Sumatra, Indonesia 2004: Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Maldives and other countries.
Would a tsunami kill you instantly?
Tsunamis are harmless for 95% of their life. The energy of the tsunami runs through the entire depth of the ocean. It only becomes deadly when the ocean floor becomes shallow, and all that energy compresses into a smaller amount of water.
How far inland would a 1000 Ft tsunami go?
A 1000ft Tsunami would be incredibly difficult to generate and enormously destructive. If it’s 1000ft at the beach though it is going to rapidly lose energy/intensity as it moved inland. It might travel 100 miles inland in some flat areas, like the DelMarVa peninsula, but it would become much shorter than 1000ft.
How big was the tsunami that killed the dinosaurs?
Now, scientist say they have found evidence of the resulting giant tsunami that swamped much of the Earth. In a study published in the journal Earth & Planetary Science Letters, researchers report how they discovered 52-foot-tall “megaripples” nearly a mile below the surface of what is now central Louisiana.