11.000 people died in the Asia’s South and East
because of the seismic waves broken out by the
strongest earthquake of the last 40 years.
earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.9 on Richter, gave
rise to some huge waves over couple of thousands of
kilometres and which stroke the coast areas of at
least 7 countries:
Thailand, Maldives, India,
Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
victims account was increasing in all the affected
areas among which were more beach resorts from
Thailand, full of people who intended to spend the
Christmas holiday here.
According to the United
States Geological Survey, the earthquake happened
0.58 GMT (7.58 the local hour), the epicentre being situated at 1.620
kilometres of the Jakarta’s North-West, at 40
kilometres under the sea’s bottom. The replicas that followed also had
big magnitudes, of approximately 7. The earthquake’s force
felt very far away, shaking building situated at over 1.000
kilometres distance of epicentre, from Singapore to
closest locations to the epicentre were almost
levelled by seismic waves.
The holiday in Thailand transformed in a disaster
for hundreds of tourists came to spend here a sunny
Christmas on the beaches from the South of this
country.At least 310 people
died and other 5400 were injured.
of two resort beaches on the Phi Phi Island, where
the success movie ‘The Island’ (with Leonardo
DiCaprio) was made, said that about 200 of his
bungalows were takes by waters together with a part
of the tourists and the employees that were next to
them. Chan Marongtaechar, was in the Thailand’s
capital, Bangkok, when the disaster happened and
said that he was worried that a large number of
foreign citizens and employees disappeared in the
He estimated that
there were about 700 persons on the beaches. The first waves
of the Thailand tsunami, having about 10 metres in height
swept away the most popular vacation resort beaches of
Thailand, from the Andaman Sea, like Krabi, Phuket and Phi
Phi, frequented by a lot of foreign tourists.
The waters swallowed the vacation houses, hundreds
of tourists, sank the small vessels and completely
crashed the bungalows from the beaches’ vicinity.
Thailand has over 1.000 dead people, including
numerous foreign citizens and 1.200 missing persons.
Among these were many divers which were exploring
the Emerald Cave from the Phuket Island. The
witnesses said that many tourists drowned in their
rooms after the beach hotels were swallowed by the
The elephants were involved in the cleaning program
of the areas affected by the Thailand Tsunami, being
used to shift away the fallen trees and to
disembarrass the roads, helping at the cleaning of
the swampy or too affected areas to allow the access of the
vehicles. The elephants are very intelligent and receptive