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Tsunami Tragedy : November 2013
Tsunami Tragedy : November 2013

Photographs supplied by Nancy Alford / Sandra Brown

A Gingko Biloba Tree commemorates those who lost their lives were injured or left homeless by the Tsunami that occurred on 26th December 2004.

The earthquake that generated the great Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is estimated to have released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Giant forces that had been building up deep in the Earth for hundreds of years were released suddenly on December 26, shaking the ground violently and unleashing a series of killer waves that sped across the Indian Ocean at the speed of a jet airliner.

By the end of the day more than 150,000 people were dead or missing and millions more were homeless in 11 countries, making it perhaps the most destructive tsunami in history.

The epicenter of the 9.0 magnitude quake was under the Indian Ocean near the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, according to the USGS, which monitors earthquakes worldwide.

Note: A tsunami is a very large ocean wave caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption.


Address:Aitken Street, John Aitken Reserve, Gisborne, 3437
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.484758
Long: 144.59254
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:26-December-2004
Actual Event End Date:26-December-2004


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The Tsunami Tragedy affected many people worldwide

This Gingko Biloba Tree has been planted in memory of those who lost their lives, were injured or left homeless
on December 26th 2004

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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