The Great Indian Ocean Tsunami
The tsunami came ashore as a giant wall
of water, 35 feet high and black with sand scooped from the ocean floor,
destroying thousands of homes and shops, leaving hundreds of thousands
dead or missing.
6:58 AM local time on the day
after Christmas, December 26, 2004, the largest earthquake to hit the world
in 40 years struck, 10 miles under the sea bed just off the western tip
of Indonesia's Sumatra island.
The earthquake knocked down buildings
but the real toll - 273,000 people dead or missing - came when the quake