Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami: Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Operations

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On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, unleashed a tsunami that affected more than 12 countries throughout south and southeast Asia and stretched as far as the northeastern African coast. Current official estimates indicate that more than 160,000 people are dead and millions of others are affected, including those injured, missing, or displaced, making this the deadliest tsunami on record. News reports suggest that the death toll may be well above 200,000. Sections of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand have suffered the worst devastation. Eighteen Americans are confirmed dead, … continued below

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Margesson, Rhoda February 10, 2005.

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On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake off the west coast
of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, unleashed a tsunami that affected more than 12
countries throughout south and southeast Asia and stretched as far as the northeastern
African coast. Current official estimates indicate that more than 160,000 people are
dead and millions of others are affected, including those injured, missing, or
displaced, making this the deadliest tsunami on record. News reports suggest that the
death toll may be well above 200,000. Sections of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and
Thailand have suffered the worst devastation. Eighteen Americans are confirmed
dead, with another sixteen presumed dead, and 153 remain unaccounted for.

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Margesson, Rhoda. Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami: Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Operations, report, February 10, 2005; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs6218/: accessed July 30, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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