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  2. 2. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an under sea mega thrust earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on Sunday, 26 December 2004, with an Epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra ,Indonesia. The quake itself is known by the scientific community as the Sumatra–Andaman earthquake . The resulting tsunami is given various names, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, South Asian tsunami, Indonesian tsunami, and Boxing Day tsunami.
  3. 3. Giant forces that had been building up deep in the Earth for hundreds of years were released suddenly on December 26,2004, shaking the ground violently and unleashing a series of killer waves that sped across the Indian Ocean at the speed of a jet airliner. By the end of the day more than 150,000 people were dead or missing and millions more were homeless in 11 countries, making it perhaps the most destructive tsunami in history.
  4. 4. Safety Tips *When in coastal areas, stay alert for tsunami warnings. *Plan an evacuation route that leads to higher ground. *Know the warning signs of a tsunami: rapidly rising or falling coastal waters and rumblings of an offshore earthquake. *Never stay near shore to watch a tsunami come in. *A tsunami is a series of waves. Do not return to an affected coastal area until authorities say it is safe.
  5. 5. *If you are at the beach and see the tide receding strangely and completely, evacuate immediately; this is not an invitation to investigate but one to run in the opposite direction. *Teach children to recognize the signs of an impending tsunami. Ten year old Tilly Smith saved her family and other lives in the 2004 tsunami because she listened in geography class. *As you move very quickly, away from the sea, warn as many people as possible whilst doing so. Shout clearly and loudly "Tsunami! Head for high ground!" without stopping your own evacuation. Once the tide suddenly recedes, it is likely that you have only a couple of minutes at best before the tsunami arrives.
  6. 6. *Evacuate your children, too. Strive to stay together. Give clear instructions, and make sure they know where to gather if you become separated .Teach your children in advance how to give themselves their best chance of survive if separated. *If a distant tsunami is detected, major cities are alerted a few hours or less before the tsunami hits. Heed these warnings! *The first time you hear of a tsunami coming, grab your emergency kits and drive inland to a city/town where and stay there until the "all clear" is announced by authorities *Whenever you hear an official warning of tsunami, don't ignore it or delay responding. Be ready to evacuate the area, and seek high, inland sanctuary