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Tectonic plates Main article: Plate tectonics Epicenter and associated aftershocks The Indian Ocean earthquake was unusually large in geographical and geological extent. Setting up the communications infrastructure to issue timely warnings is an even bigger problem, particularly in a relatively impoverished part of the world.

Boarding the train was the craziest, most chaotic, fearful moment of my existence. Their seismic moments can account for a significant fraction of the global seismic moment across century-scale time periods. It's cramped smelly of coursepeople are everywhere and feel so overwhelmed by this Indian lifestyle.

More than half a million people lost their homes.

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Sincethe only earthquakes recorded with a greater magnitude were the Great Chilean earthquake Magnitude 9. The construction of seawalls and breakwaters reduced the power of waves at some locations. Thomas Cathedral also known as the John Richardson church after John Richardson, a missionary and member of parliament was washed away.

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As well as the sideways movement between the plates, the Indian Ocean earthquake resulted in a rise of the sea floor by several metres, displacing an estimated 30 cubic kilometres 7.

There were no tsunami warning systems in the Indian Ocean to detect tsunamis or to warn the general population living around the ocean. All of them are believed to be greater than magnitude 9, but no accurate measurements were available at the time.

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