World Tsunami Awareness Day_5th November 2018

United Nations_World Tsunami Day

TsunamiA 15-year old girl is rescued from the rubble of her house in central Sulawesi in IndonesiaA 15-year old girl is rescued from the rubble of her house in central Sulawesi in Indonesia hit by an earthquake and tsunami in September 2018. This is the sixth fatal tsunami to strike the country since the huge 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Indonesia has suffered more deaths from tsunamis than any other country. © UNICEF/Tirto.id/@Arimacswilander

 

Tsunamis are rare events, but can be extremely deadly.  In the past 100 years, 58 of them have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average of 4,600 per disaster, surpassing any other natural hazard. The highest number of deaths in that period was in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. It caused an estimated 227,000 fatalities in 14 countries, with Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand hardest-hit.

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