23 October, 2020

A Wok Of Corpses

Magnitude 9 on Richter cut a deadly tsunami arc, reducing Aceh in Indonesia to rubble, Thailand to a tourist graveyard

A Wok Of Corpses
In the early hours of December 26, the demonic earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra transformed forever the face of the Southeast Asian coastline. It killed thousands, scarred memories and changed the popular perception of the sea. Such was the ferocity of the earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, that it shook the whole region, its aftershocks radiating out from Indonesia into Myanmar’s capital Yangon and the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai. "We were woken from our sound sleep by crashing glass and the building shuddering. I instantly knew it was an earthquake. We rushed outside. Our neighbours were shouting; everyone was panicking," according to a Yangon student, Ye Htut.

The initial quake and the numerous aftershocks released a massive surge of water that spread from Indonesia and, travelling at more than 800 km/hr, swept north and westward, gathering mass and momentum as it sped forward. Within an hour, the great walls of water had hit Singapore, Malaysia and pummelled southern Thailand. In the next hour it had wreaked havoc in...



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