The Indian Ocean Tsunami Of 2004

Overview

On December 26, 2004, a gigantic earthquake ripped apart the floor of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra. The force of the quake, transmitted upward to the surface, sent a tsunami, or a series of giant waves, in all directions toward unprotected shores and unwarned populations, many in remote areas or secluded vacation spots. Within 12 hours, more than 200,000 people had been killed, and many more were left injured or homeless, their livelihoods destroyed. Cities and villages lay in ruins. Even the ...

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Overview

On December 26, 2004, a gigantic earthquake ripped apart the floor of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra. The force of the quake, transmitted upward to the surface, sent a tsunami, or a series of giant waves, in all directions toward unprotected shores and unwarned populations, many in remote areas or secluded vacation spots. Within 12 hours, more than 200,000 people had been killed, and many more were left injured or homeless, their livelihoods destroyed. Cities and villages lay in ruins. Even the geography of the Earth was changed. But as the affected countries, with help from around the world, struggled to recover, scientists warned that the next deadly tsunami could come at any time. The question remains whether the world will be any more prepared for the next one.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
Without warning, an earthquake erupted at the bottom of the Indian Ocean and tore the floor a part. This action drove multiple massive waves to the shores of Sumatra and cost the lives of over 200,000 people and left many hurt and homeless. This happened on December 26, 2004, and scientists are still working on how to protect the entire world from being surprised by storms of this magnitude. In the book, The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, readers learn how lives can be saved if more countries establish a high tech warning system like the one in Hilo, Hawaii, where Barry Hirshornas' equipment first registered the quake and reported it, unfortunately too late. This well-researched book by William W. Lace took an in-depth look at more then just the scientific references of a tsunami. We learn about several personal stories—some end in tragedy while others had happy endings. Colorful photographs show the emotional and physical impact of the storm, diagrams help make technical information more kid- friendly, and knowledgeable text all complete this reference book. On the content page, young scientists will find that the book is divided into six parts that they can easily access. On page 102, the author breaks down the chronological order from when the tsunami hit in December, to the relief efforts in January, to the first tsunami warning buoy launched a year later in the Indian Ocean. The glossary and bibliography complete this book in the "Great Historic Disasters" series that should be found in any school or public library. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791096420
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Great Historic Disasters Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Calm Before the Storm     7
"A Fairly Large Event"     11
"A Wall of Water"     24
Aftermath     39
Disease: "The Second Wave"     56
Response, Relief, Recovery     72
The Next Tsunami     88
Chronology and Timeline     102
Glossary     105
Bibliography     107
Further Reading     120
Picture Credits     122
Index     123
About the Author     127
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