Tsunami 2004 – Recalling a day filled with sadness (Watch report)

Tsunami 2004 – Recalling a day filled with sadness (Watch report)

Written by Staff Writer

26 Dec, 2014 | 9:52 pm

A day much like today, ten years ago.. 9:25 a.m. on the 26th of December 2004.. A moment that is forever etched in the hearts of all people.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, located on the boundary of the Indian and the Pacific Oceans….

The Phi Phi islands in Thailand… a tourist hotspot. The numerous restaurants, cafes and hotels on these resort islands, were filled with tourists celebrating Christmas Eve.

Two thousand three hundred (2300) kilometres to the west of Thailand lies Sri Lanka, where the sun rose on  December 26 2004…. the Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day. The day was filled with a calm that is unique to most Poya Days in this country. The people went about their day to day lives.

At 6:58 a.m., a major geological event took place, unbeknownst to those on the surface on land. The distance from the epicenter of the unprecedented earthquake which triggered the mighty waves to Sri Lanka, is more than 1600 kilometers. While Sri Lanka did not feel the quake initially, the coast of the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, was its usual, idyllic self.

7:28 a.m.Thirty minutes after the initial quake, the northernmost tip of Indonesia is reduced to a barren wasteland. And then, the idyllic coast of Northern, Eastern and Southern Sri Lanka turned into a wall of terror, bringing with it death and destruction. In a few short minutes, the entire coastal belt stretching from Jaffna, to Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Hambantota, Matara, Galle, and Kalutara, was changed forever. It was a catastrophe on a scale that could not have been imagined in even the worst nightmares.

The mighty sea, waged war on the land, tossing around our constructs as if they were made of paper machete. The waves in Hikkaduwa caused the worst railway disaster to date in Peraliya. Buses at the Galle depot were replaced with boats carried by the waves. Thousands either perished or went missing and remain unaccounted for to this day as the receding waves, dragged them out to sea.

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