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Australia & The World Tsunami essay
The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in the Asian region was a devastating event for the Region and the World alike and will go down in history as one of the worst widespread events the World has seen in recent years. In Australia it also had a great significance not only for the devastating Australian lives lost at such a significant time of year (Christmas) but also for the immediate and massive aid in which Australia provided proving its close ties with South East Asia and more specifically a closer relationship with Indonesia due to its significant share of that aid given to the region.
So just what was this tsunami and what caused it. A tsunami is a Japanese word which roughly translates into “harbour wave” it is triggered by a vertical disturbance in the ocean for example an earthquake, landslide or volcanic eruption. The cause of this disaster was a large earthquake off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where 2 plates of the earth’s crust grind against each other. About 1,200 km of the Burma plate edge snapped, which force…