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Sunday, December 26, 2004

The Malaysian Star > From The Associated Press > Asia Quakes' Tsunamis Kill Nearly 10,000

The Associated Press: "AP Top News at 1:54 p.m. EST

Asia Quakes' Tsunamis Kill Nearly 10,000
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years struck deep under the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra on Sunday, triggering tidal waves up to 20 feet high that obliterated villages and seaside resorts in six countries across southern Asia. Nearly 10,000 people were killed in the devastation, and the death toll was expected to rise. Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water that rolled across the Bay of Bengal, unleashed by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake. The tsunami waves barreled nearly 3,000 miles across the ocean to Africa, where at least nine people were killed in Somalia, witnesses said. "

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