The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
An in-depth discussion of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and its impact.
# 128508 | 2,834 words | 17 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in Geology and Geophysics (Oceanography) , Geography (General)

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The paper provides a detailed breakdown of the events that occurred on the 26th of December, 2004 and explores the lack of adequate early warning systems in the region. The paper examines the causes of the tsunami and addresses the possible ways of improving warning systems and relief mechanisms that can prevent a large scale loss of life in any future events of this kind.

The sequence of events
The impact of the Tsunami
The aftermath: Remedial actions and reduction of the problem
Concluding remarks

From the Paper:

"The tsunami that occurred in the Indian Ocean on the 26th of December 2004 caused more than two-hundred thousand deaths and extensive economic and physical damage - including environmental damage to the countries in the region. The Tsunami was triggered by an underground seismic event that displaced ocean water and created a massive wave that inundated the coastal regions of the area.
"There has been a long history of tsunamis in the region as well as in other areas of the world. The 2004 tsunami was the most devastating and destructive in recent history. One of the aspects that stand out in this event is that the number of deaths in the region has been directly attributed to the lack of an adequate early warning system. In recent years efforts have been underway to remedy this situation. Another critique is that in the aftermath of the disaster there was little coordination and planning in terms of the assistance and aid to the region - although this assistance was extensive and did help to reduce the after effects of the tsunami, such as starvation and disease. Central to the studies and reports on this event is that future planning should be more extensive and should also be cognizant of the fact that future tsunamis in this sensitive geological area are likely to occur again."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anonymous. 2008. 2004 tsunami was not the first one in Indian Ocean!
  • Anonymous. 2008. The December 26, 2004 Sumatran Tsunami.
  • Anonymous: Impact of Tsunamis on Ecosystems. 2008.
  • Berman, R. A. (2005, February 14). Tsunami Lessons. National Review, 57, 5. Retrieved November 3, 2008, from Questia database:
  • Escaleras, M. P., & Register, C. A. (2008). Mitigating Natural Disasters through Collective Action: The Effectiveness of Tsunami Early Warnings. Southern Economic Journal, 74(4), 1017+.

Cite this Cause and Effect Essay:

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The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (2010, July 26) Retrieved April 19, 2024, from

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"The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami" 26 July 2010. Web. 19 April. 2024. <>