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Terrestrial Tour: Tsunami—Sumatra 2004

This segment describes the cause and devastating effects of the tsunami that struck Indonesia in December 2004.


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory.

·       Air photo of devastated landscape in Sumatra, January 2, 2005: Philip A. McDaniel, U.S. Navy
·       Plate boundary animation: STScI
·       Visualization of the December 26, 2004 tsunami: NCTR NOAA Center for Tsunami Research
·       Before and after IKONOS satellite images of Aceh, Indonesia: Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP), National University of Singapore, and DigitalGlobe
·       Air photo of mosque in coastal village, Sumatra, January 4, 2005: Jacob J. Kirk, U.S. Navy
·       Air photo of destruction south of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, January 1, 2005: Patrick M. Bonafede, U.S. Navy
·       Photo of stranded boat in Aceh, Sumatra, January 1, 2005: Michael L. Bak, U.S. Department of Defense
·       Tsunami waves striking Ao Nang, Thailand, December 26, 2004: David Rydevik
·       Village flooded in Sumatra, January 2, 2005: Philip A. McDaniel, U.S. Navy
·       Tsunami destruction Xaafun, Somalia, December 31, 2004: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Written by Leah Ramsay
Designed by Dani Player and Leah Hustak
Editorial and design input from Margaret W. Carruthers, Timothy Rhue II, John Godfrey, and Claire Blome
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!