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What happened?

An earthquake occurred off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia on 26 December 2004. At 9.0-magnitude, the earthquake was the world's strongest since the Good Friday Earthquake (measured at 9.2-magnitude) which struck Alaska in the USA in 1964, and one of the largest ever recorded.

The multiple tsunamis created by the earthquake ravaged coastal areas all over the Indian Ocean. They devastated several coastal regions including the Indonesian province of Aceh, parts of the coast of Sri Lanka, coastal areas of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the resort island of Phuket in Thailand.

Aftercare for those affected by the Tsunami

Find out more about the support which Departments and our public services can offer to the families of those affected by the tsunami.

Help for Survivors

The British Red Cross Society (BRCS) has set up a Tsunami Support Network (in co-ordination with the FCO) for those affected by the Indian Ocean disaster, be they a survivor, bereaved or a family member. The Network has a Website Its telephone number is 0845 054 7474 and e-mails can be sent to .

Key recent statements

Read key recent statements and comments on lessons learned following the tsunami.

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