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Children's LiteratureAuthor Gail Stewart has written a book on the 2004 Tsunami for the "Lucent's Overview" series. The book opens with an introduction to the terrible disaster that occurred on December 26, 2004. Chapter one describes what happened when "The Earth Shrugged for a Moment." The trigger for this catastrophe was an earthquake underwater in the Indian Ocean which sent massive tons of water to the ocean's surface. Violent waves spread out and rolled toward land, where it caused thousands of deaths and loss of homes and destruction of the surrounding land. The other five chapters talk about the grief and pain of losing family and friends, how the world came to the aid of the Tsunami victims, and what all this destruction means for the future. The rebuilding of parts of Southern Asia is monumental, due to the infrastructure of the region. Hundred of millions of dollars are needed to begin this rebuilding process. To prevent this tragedy from happening again, scientists believe that a warning system that is being used in the Pacific Ocean can warn residents in Southern Asia against future tidal waves. The 2004 tsunami caused homelessness and damage to the environment that will take years to correct. The region's economy has also been affected by loss of tourist trade and the slow- down of the fishing industry. Donations and the generous outpouring of compassion are helping tsunami victims recover. Black-and-white photographs, source notes, and further reading and internet sources are included. 2005, Lucent Books, Ages 10 up.
—Della A. Yannuzzi