+1.5 hours: Beaches in southern Thailand are hit by the tsunami. Among the 5,400 who died were 2,000 foreign tourists.
Why was the 2004 tsunami so deadly?
The violent movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates displaced an enormous amount of water, sending powerful shock waves in every direction. The tectonic plates in this area had been pushing against each other and building pressure for thousands of years.
How often does a tsunami hit Thailand?
In a total of 2 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 2004 a total of 8,212 people died in Thailand. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here. The strongest tidal wave registered in Thailand so far reached a height of 19.60 meters.
How likely is a tsunami in Thailand?
In the area you have selected (Thailand) tsunami hazard is classified as medium according to the information that is currently available. This means that there is more than a 10% chance of a potentially-damaging tsunami occurring in the next 50 years.
Was there a tsunami in Thailand in 2004?
The tsunami was the deadliest in recorded history, taking 230,000 lives in a matter of hours. It was 2004, the day after Christmas, and 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.
What is the biggest tsunami ever?
Is Thailand safe from tsunamis?
THAILAND is unlikely to be affected by another deadly tsunami any time soon, an earthquake expert has stated, although the authorities say the country is prepared to respond if one does occur.