Ty Rillorta / Staff reporter
On December 26, 2004, a tsunami originating from the Indian Ocean killed over 230,000 people and the possibility of this tragic event happening again is troubling people.
On Boxing Day, a 9.1-9.3 scale earthquake is what was responsible for this event and is one of the most fatal natural disasters in the 21st century. It was located off the coast of the small island Sumatra and caused the tsunami.
The Indian Plate was estimated to move 5 meters from its original resting place, under the Burma plate, which had a devastating effect on the planet. Darrell Bryce, a science teacher who studied earthquakes, recalled his reaction to the quake, “The first thing I thought was ‘oh my god.’ The earthquake was devastating.” This chain of events is what killed over 230,000 people from over a dozen different countries. Many of these were smaller, less known countries such as Sri Lanka, but larger countries including India and Indonesia as well.
People expressed their sadness. “I felt devastated. Tears came to my eyes because these people were helpless,” said Lori Gregory, a career education teacher.
After the tsunami, life was difficult for the people housings were destroyed leaving many homeless and displaced, but also many were badly injured or even have died. Some of the countries that were affected are still trying to recover from this disaster which has been proven difficult even with the many generous donations from people. “They couldn’t protect themselves or their loved ones,” said Gregory.
These are the reasons why people are wary about the idea of this happening again. There have been many earthquakes that have happened around Indonesia, including over 8 separate events happening within a week, but they were all in the 5 to 6 scale range. Some of these have presented a tsunami warning, but they were called off later.
The estimation that was made by many scientists is that a catastrophic event like this will happen in the next few decades.
The aftermath of the quakes made life difficult for the people. Animals and crops were drowned, and the coastal soil was made uninhabitable, making the production of food for basic survival almost impossible.
The people affected were given 6.25 billion dollars in total.
It is disappointing that this event isn’t talked about today, “It was a tragic event, but it’s like no one acknowledges it. But it seems people still talk about other natural disasters and events.” said Rowan Adrian, a Grade 10 student who brought up an interesting point.
People in these countries are still recovering to this day and are fearful that they might need to go through something like this tragic event once again.