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South East Asia Death Toll Tops 15,000!

Article quoted from part of the full report on the aftermath of the 9.0 Ritcher scale earthquake that hit South East Asia on 7.00am on the 26th of December.

A car and debris litter the water on the coast of Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India on Sunday after an 9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island triggered massive tsunamis.

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As dawn broke Monday across the Bay of Bengal, countries struck by tsunamis in the wake of the most powerful earthquake the planet has seen in 40 years focused on relief and rescue efforts, and said the death toll from the giant waves — already more than 15,000 — is expected to rise further.

The tsunamis also left thousands injured, thousands missing and hundreds of thousands homeless in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

A Sri Lankan forecaster warned of a “remote possibility of small tidal waves” caused by aftershocks Monday.

Some of the tsunamis reached as far as 1,600 kilometers (91,000 miles) from the epicenter of the 9.0 magnitude quake, which was located about 160 kilometers (100 miles) off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

The quake struck about 7 a.m. Sunday (midnight GMT Saturday), according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Center.

It is the fourth-largest earthquake since such measurements began in 1899, according to the NEIC, tying with a 1952 quake in Kamchatka, Russia.

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Updated facts of the aftermath (updated on Monday, December 27, 2004 Posted: 3:28 AM EST [0828 GMT]):

Sri Lankan military authorities report over 6,000 people killed in government-controlled and rebel-controlled areas

At least 5,000 killed by waves which flooded the southern coast, official media report. Andaman and Nicobar islands toll is 2,000, police say

Local media report more than 4,400 dead — many of them in Aceh, in northern Sumatra

Thai authorities say more than 430 are feared dead, and hundreds are missing

At least 32 reported killed in the high waters on an island north of the capital, Male

At least 48 dead and 150 people reported missing

At least two people reported dead and several missing

May God bless those souls perished in this horrifying disaster which lead to a death toll of more than 15,000 in 7 affected countires of South East Asia.

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