Sri Lanka has so far reported the highest loss of life from the tsunami that swept nations bordering the Indian Ocean on Sunday. Sri Lanka has so far reported the highest loss of life from the tsunami that swept nations bordering the Indian Ocean on Sunday. The US Geological Survey says tidal waves or tsunamis resulting from the quake off Sumatra (8.9 points in the Richter Scale) in Indonesia has been felt as far as Cocos Islands and Somalia.
“This is the fifth largest earthquake in the world since 1900 and is the largest since the 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska earthquake,” the US Geological Survey website reported.
Officials in Sri Lanka have linked the tsunamis to quakes off the nearby Andaman Islands, which is an Indian territory.
Local officials have said that fresh tremors in the region may result in further, perhaps smaller tsunami’s in the night, and are warning people not to go back to their homes in the night if they are near the coast.
In the Banda Aceh region of Indonesia, which is much nearer to the epicenter of the Indonesial quake at least 200 people have died.
But in Sri Lanka at least