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Boxing Day Tsunami Case Study

Type of hazard Tsunami
Plate Boundary IndoAustralian plate subducting under the Eurasian
Date of event 26th December 2004
Location Indian Ocean
Economic development Mostly LEDC's

Causes A 99.3 megathrust earthquake at 07:58 ­ one of the 5
largest earthquakes in the past century

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Destroyed coral reefs, mangroves, forests and wetlands
which will take years to recover
Fresh water supplies including wells were polluted by salt
Farming land was lost due to it being ruined by salt water
Of the 199 inhabited islands that make up the Maldives 20
were destroyed
Response Short…


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