In the short term, they cost homeowners and insurance companies billions. They raise food and gas prices. The worst damage came from U. The natural disaster season was worse. Bridges, roads, and utilities are destroyed. Homeowners who aren't covered by insurance go bankrupt.
The 2004 Tsunami Wiped Away Towns With 'Mind-Boggling' Destruction
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Ten years ago the Indian Ocean tsunami struck on Boxing Day. A series of huge waves triggered by an earthquake killed more than , people in 14 countries. Edie Fassnidge lost both her mother and sister in the tsunami. She and her boyfriend were both injured but survived. They were kayaking at Krabi in Thailand when the waves came. The sky was a brilliant blue the day death came to Thailand's beaches.
2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami
It was an undersea megathrust earthquake that registered a magnitude of 9. The earthquake was caused by a rupture along the fault between the Burma Plate and the Indian Plate. Communities along the surrounding coasts of the Indian Ocean were severely affected, and the tsunamis killed an estimated , people in 14 countries, making it, one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.
But living near the ocean has been a difficult journey for Berkus, who tragically lost his late partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea , in the Asia tsunami. In , the celebrity designer revealed to his mentor Oprah how he lost his longtime love, Bengoechea, in the tsunami: The couple were on vacation in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka, when the natural disaster occurred and they were swept out of their accommodation, a beachfront hut, by the force of the wave. They managed to stay together through the rushing water, but were eventually separated. When the waves receded, Bengoechea was reported as missing and was never found.