Megadisaster 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Deadliest Earthquake and Tsunami of Modern History

Over 11,000 people are now thought to have been killed in southern
Asia after an undersea earthquake sent enormous waves rolling across the Indian Ocean. The quake measured 8.9 on the Ritchler scale. The biggest on the world for 40 years. Waves up to 10 meters engulfed the coasts
of many countries. The quake’s epicenter was off the Island of
Sumatra in northwestern Indonesia. I am here in the busy city center of Banda Aceh
and it was here, on this street corner, where some of the most graphic video footage of the tsunami was recorded On the street behind me the tsunami surge
came flooding up the road, channeled between the buildings. Watching the footage we see that the leading
edge of the Tsunami was actually slow enough that people could escape simply by running
or walking. However this part of Banda Aceh is very far
from the ocean and people simply didn’t knew what to do. As the flood depth increases, so does the
speed of the flow, and there’s no way to escape unless you can get to high grounds. The person who shot this video did; he climbed
up here. And he lived, however thousands of other people
that day could not get to high ground and ended up dying in the waves. I just
happen to the get hurt in my shoulder, some people standing on other people started to
run. I stood up picked up my bag and in those few
seconds of standing up, picking my towel the headphones got out of my ears. I heard just how loud the waves are really
going. I started to run. Go go go! On Boxing Day, ten years ago, a massive earthquake
struck in the Indian Ocean and triggered a series of giant waves that toured through
14 countries across Southeast Asia. It left around quarter of a million people
dead or missing. The deadliest Tsunami in Modern History. Entire coastal communities were wiped out,
thousands of tourists were killed and 1.7 million people were displaced. When the waves came there had been effectively
no public warning or evacuation, so it took everyone by surprise. The disaster sparked major international action,
with 13.5 billion dollars pledged in aid and the introduction of a Tsunami Alert Center for Asia.

100 thoughts on “Megadisaster 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Deadliest Earthquake and Tsunami of Modern History

  1. When we were in grade school the first thing we were taught was the signs when a tsunami is coming. I grew up in Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles. All the schools at least once a year would have tsunami warning exercises. They would blast sirens all along the beaches and everyone in each school had a designated spot where we would leave our class and walk to. My schools were near and right next to the ocean but as you went inland less than a mile the area was 300 to 400 feet above the ocean level. This was where we all would walk to when the siren went off. We spent a lot of time studying earthquakes and tsunamis in school since we are in earthquake and tsunami land. We learned that if the Ocean receded past it's usual point then a tsunami is coming and head for the hills. I surfed everyday and in Jr high and high school I was on the surf team, our class was at 6:00am on the beach surfing and lasted until 8:30am when we would dry off and go to our next class, only one time did we have a siren go off when we were surfing so we all had to run up the hill too our designated area. I cant believe all these people walking out on the reef when the water receded farther than they had ever seen. Then they see this 40 foot high white water coming their way and just stand there. Living by the ocean while making your living off the ocean and you dont know what to look for when a tsunami is coming. Worse off there are two military warships sitting right off the beach looking at the big waves and the low water level and not one person on any of those boats warned the local police, coast guard or even lifeguards.

  2. So odd that the man just stands there as the wave comes at him. Did he know he'd left it too late to run ?

  3. To All those innocent people animals too that lost their lives may you all now R.I.P XXX ????????? my condolences to the families of the deceased xxx from England uk xx

  4. Woman : maybe the earthquake affected the water
    Man: Nahhh

    Back in the times when we are not literate to what happen when there is an earthquake.

  5. It was sad to see see the people on the beach who seemed like they didn't know what was coming.

  6. A tsunami is the earths revenge to punisch us for global warming and destoying this planet so that why we get to extreme violent water wave to kill thousends and destroying entire city's its only the beginning because if we don't stop it will get much more violent and killing more people

  7. I've seen all these clips before (except for one) from different sources, but you put them together very nicely. Thanks.

  8. What total idiots. Watching without comprehension their destruction. Sheep.

  9. The part at 2:02 and 10:50 pisses me off they see the water building way off shore but they just stand their making stupid comments, instead of running while they have a chance

  10. people enjoy ocean but if the tsunami struck goshhhh super scary condolence to the family this is sad to watch

  11. Well at it not really like they were really people anyway so that’s a good thing right

  12. I wouldn't have been standing there filming. Good grief. You know it wasn't gonna be good

  13. Take your dam time getting up the stairs. No gotta film

  14. Just before the 8 minute mark lies a true test of whether or not you are an empty soul-less human being……. that guy you prob didn't even notice on the bottom right of the screen getting smashed into by a pile of junk really got me in the feels. I replayed it numerous times. And to think that this is just one of hundreds of thousands of innocent victims… really brings the feels. RIP 7:55

  15. Sad, very sad that so many people died that day. Mankind is foolish to think they can control nature.

  16. The tsunami in India was a punishment from Rama for the Indian people's filthy habit of shifting in the street.

  17. Yeah, I don’t think that person shooting the video was able to escape that torrent by standing on a three foot wall. I suspect there was a building there at the time if tsunami.

  18. Well, if there’s any day to be be a bird, it’s this fucking day.

  19. I'm sorry, but those MORONS standing on the beach watching deserved what they got. Dumb fucking, irresponsible people.

  20. at the time pretty sure no one ever heard the word tsunami before. thats why peoples just stand still watching the wave.

  21. In Aceh, some of the educated people warns other citizens to relocate to higher grounds after the second earthquake and he said the tsunami may come after that. But not that many people trusted him. That's one of the reasons so many life lost in Aceh

  22. Some people acting too cool and too slow while the waves coming in and they'll be asking for help like help me I'm you already knew it's dangerous but you acting like yeah that's alright ?

  23. i really respect that guy and how he met that wave,with courage and honor.

  24. People knew that there is an earthquake and still they are watching like fools??

  25. Its happened in italy chile japan Thailand Haiti Indonesia it will happen again sooner rather then later damn right scary where would it hit next and how big would it be would there be another earthquake soon at 9.0 or above.

  26. thats god is punishment for not believing in him and praying to a cow

  27. That guy saw it coming and he just stood there without running away for safety

  28. (.1 magnitude for this one, and 9 magnitude for the 2011 Japan tsunami. It's amazing how powerful and destructive a tsunami is with water weighing 10 lbs /imperial gallon! Multiply that by trillions, I was surprised that the tsunami warning system was virtually non existent then. Then the after effects including crime and exploitation it's hard to imagine a country surviving something like this.
    But why don't you normalize the sound in these videos? I have to have my hand on the mute to protect my speakers from being destroyed because you can't use a normalize button.

  29. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another, – fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed. We are not to be surprised at this time by events both great and decisive; for the angel of mercy cannot remain much longer to shelter the impenitent. – Prophets and Kings, 278.The crisis is stealing gradually upon us. The sun shines in the heavens, passing over its usual round, and the heavens still declare the glory of God. Men are still eating and drinking, planting and building, marrying and giving in marriage. Merchants are still buying and selling. Men are jostling one against another, contending for the highest place. Pleasure lovers are still crowding to theaters, horse races, gambling hells. The highest excitement prevails, yet probation's hour is fast closing, and every case is about to be eternally decided. Satan sees that his time is short. He has set all his agencies at work that men may be deceived, deluded, occupied, and entranced until the day of probation shall be ended, and the door of mercy forever shut. – The Southern Watchman, October 3, 1905 ChS 51.1 – ChS 51.2

  30. 8:04 sadly those two people at the bottom right hand corner of the video didn't make it.

  31. So horrible and so sad ?☹️ My heart goes to the people who died and the loved ones they left behind.❤️?

  32. Every disaster is quantified in monetary terms first and foremost ; then human and animal concern. It simply is the heirarchial consideration of man's linear mode of thought : MATERIALISM.

  33. 3:02 what can you do but surrender and hope for the best. But everyone knows his dead

  34. THE THING IS::You live on earth in some areas at your own peraril you in some parts of the world you die because of natural accuracies, and nothing can be done. This is not trua lot can be done to save lives. then we don't need it then we don't have it. This has supposedly been changed now.

  35. I TRIED to watch this video, but got sick with all that shaking and movement of the camera. People, PLEASE take note. When you are filming, PLEASE keep your CAMERA STILL!!!?

  36. Nobody seems to know what's happening. The natives should know but they don't have a clue about the weather where they live.

  37. I like the video because it shows just how devastating These waves can be, but I HATE this video because it shows just how fragile life is, and how SAD it is to see so many Innocent people killed. I will mourn their losses too.

  38. I don’t understand why that couldn’t of been some warning. They had seismometers in the ocean I’m sure. I guess they had no warning system in place?

  39. I don’t see why so many people die from these things. You get plenty of warning – the sea receding to the horizon then waves coming in from the horizon.

  40. I’m trying to figure out what that black thing was that ran out from under one of those chairs near the bottom of the screen at 7:34. It looked like a dog or something… but the way it snapped back so fast and twisted once the water hit it… wtf.

  41. Pada saat itu, blm banyak orang tahu, bagaimana tanda2 ada tsunami.. Pengetahuan tentang tsunami masih minim..

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  43. Dont you just love all the geniuses on these type videos. The ones who say they should of done this or that. Or try to make themselves sound so educated and holyer than thou. Fucking idiots!!!

  44. Sad how the media endlessly covered the "plight" of stupid western tourists while ignoring the massive humanitarian catastrophe. Much of the early aid from the west was focused on getting whites out of the "dangerous" area with stereotypes about looting/ gangs/ general barbarity running rampant.

  45. Yun mga tao pinapanood lng ang pgdating ng alon kaya karamihan sa knila nmatay?

  46. Most of these people could of got away if the weren't starring at the wave coming and just ran to high ground…not to brite…

  47. KJV Matthew 24
    4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
    5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
    6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
    7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
    8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
    9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
    10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
    11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
    13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
    14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

  48. Really bad. I wonder how long it takes for the water to recede and return to normal height.

  49. @10:07 if you look closely the tree color go's lite green to dark green just past the damage point.
    I wonder if the light green is from the last time a tsunami hit that place.


  51. i dont think most people know but one day if homo sapiens have an unlucky day raw nature might have a way of trying towipe homo sapiens off the planet, example a big asteroid or comet srike would do it
    if homo sapiens have a bad day on planet earth,the only problem is if that happened homo sapeisn most of homo wsapiens get wipied off planet earth with raw nature,
    then guess what natural selection might step in and say dolphins are the next evotion to take homo sapiens place homo sapiens would just wither awzy an dolphins might rise to the next evolution on planet earth , woudnt that be something ?!?!?!?!

  52. There was no advanced warning.Only when the waves had begun to hit and destroy was there an alarm sounded.I see that some people are picking on the victims of the Tsunami.They didn't know it was going to happen.So many are asking why didn't they run.Do you think that anyone really knew what was going on until it was too late for the most part?Those who were up on high ground and/or tall structures could see what was going on perhaps a few minutes before the rest.The others simply couldn't run fast enough.250,000 people were killed.Please, don't judge them and say they were fools.Nature can be more powerful that the strongest,smartest,wisest person.

  53. The camera guy at 2:13 said " maybe the earthquake had effected the water" Cameraman you are a genius!, I think you were the only one to know and think that! DUMBASS!!

  54. The foreigner looks like they are ignorant of tsunami. They just standing looking at the waves. What the hell.

  55. Wonder if they ever found that person on the beach hit by the wave at 3:05. Didn't stand a chance.

  56. Alot of people died for nothing or because they wanted to run run and you standing or you acting like you can't move so sad fuckem play hero and become a zero

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