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On December 26, 2004 at 0058 hours GMT, a strong earthquake (http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/earthquakes.shtm), which had a magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter Scale, occurred off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
On December 26, 2004 at 0058 hours GMT, a strong earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter Scale, occurred off the west coast of Northern Sumatra (Aceh). A subsequent tsunami hit South and Southeast Asia and East Africa causing serious damage and loss of life. Several countries bordering the Indian Ocean were affected including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Tanzania, Seychelles, Kenya, and Somalia.
There is no direct risk of contagion or
infectious disease from being near human remains for people who are not
directly involved in recovery or other efforts that require handling dead
Immediate health concerns
- After the rescue of survivors, the primary public health concerns are clean drinking water, food, shelter, and medical care for injuries.
- Flood waters can pose health risks such as contaminated water and food supplies.
- Loss of shelter leaves people vulnerable to insect exposure, heat, and other environmental hazards.
- The majority of deaths associated with tsunamis are related to drownings, but traumatic injuries are also a primary concern.