2 Friends and a Big Wave (Boxing Day Tsunami Anniversary)

This is a very special guest post. Written in early 2005 by Timothy Barco (then Senaviratne) from Sri Lanka. I’m publishing it again today with author’s consent as a reminder of the 2004 tsunami. The title of this post is from me and it refers to Tim’s children story “3 Friends and a big Wave”. Some scenes described in the story are pretty graphic – paragraphs containing such fragments are marked with <!>. Some facts*: The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on 26 December with the epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia The shock had a moment magnitude of 9.1–9.3. It was the third-largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph Tsunamis triggered by the earthquake killed 230,000–280,000 people in 14 countries. Sri Lanka was the second hardest hit country (after Indonesia) – with 38 195 deaths confirmed, 16 665 wounded, 23 000 missing and over half a million displaced More than 10 thousands British citizens were in the affected areas (Sri Lanka and[…]

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