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On December 26th 2004 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people in Indian Ocean coastal communities. Here are some images of the human and environmental devastation left in its wake in Indonesia. It has been estimated that the power of the tsunami itself was the equivalent of approximately 5 megatons of TNT; to put that into perspective, the entire explosive arsenal used during 6 years of World War II was around 2 megatons. The earthquake itself generated around 1.5 exajoules, which is around the same amount of energy consumed in the United States per annum qand more than 1000 times the power of the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Read more