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07 Jan 2005 description

Almost all the countries situated around the Bay of Bengal were affected by the tsunami waves in the morning hours of 26 December 2004 (between 0900 - 1030 hrs IST). The killer waves were triggered by an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale that had an epicentre near the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. Waves rose up to 6-10 meters and the impact was felt up to the East African coast affecting Somalia, Tanzania and Kenya.

The first recorded tsunami in India dates back to 31 December 1881.