The 2004 IndianOcean earthquake was an undersea earthquake

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The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea  that occurred on , . The earthquake created a  that was one of the  in history. At 9.0 on the richter scale, it was the largest earthquake since the 9.2 magnitude  off  in , and fourth largest since .The earthquake epicenter was in the  just  of  island, off the western coast of northern , . The tsunami destroyed the shores of Indonesia, , ,  and other countries with waves up to  (50 feet) high. It caused serious damage and deaths as far as the east coast of , with the furthest recorded death due to the tsunami occuring at  in , 8 000km (5 000 miles) away from the  

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Somewhere from 228,000 to 310,000 people are thought to have died as a result of the tsunami, and the count is not yet complete. The true final toll may never be known due to bodies having been swept out to sea. Relief agencies warn of the possibility of more deaths to come as a result of epidemics caused by disease, but the threat of  seems now to have been largely averted.

The economic impact on , some of the poorest people in the region, has been devastating with high losses of fishermen as well as boats and fishing gear. ...

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