By William W. Lace
On December 26, 2004, a big earthquake ripped aside the ground of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra. The strength of the quake, transmitted upward to the skin, despatched a tsunami, or a chain of big waves, in all instructions towards unprotected seashores and unwarned populations, many in distant parts or secluded holiday spots. inside of 12 hours, greater than 200,000 humans have been killed, and plenty of extra left injured or homeless, their livelihoods destroyed. towns and villages lay in ruins. Even the geography of the Earth used to be replaced. yet because the affected nations, with support from worldwide, struggled to get better, scientists warned that the subsequent lethal tsunami might come at any time. The query is still even if the realm should be from now on ready for the following one. learn how the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami replaced the way in which countries are monitoring natural-disaster warnings as a way to hinder destiny mess ups.