The Indian Ocean Tsunami

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Imagine more than half of the population of Kenosha being over-taken by a deluge of water without warning or the ability to escape. On December 26, 2004, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, occurred in the Indian Ocean off of the Samaritan coast, triggering the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. Before the tsunami, this region of the world was one of the most sought after vacation spots. After the record-breaking destruction, the pristine beach front and inviting residents were forever changed. The regional damage was so massive that it demanded a response on a global scale for rescue, recovery, stability, and to rebuild this treasured place.

Before the tsunami, this region of the world was one of the most sought after vacation spots. Beachside resorts, breathtaking scenery, and various recreational activities were major tourist attractions. The seemingly tranquil life of the natives and year round warm climate conditions created steady tourism and economic support. With more than thirteen thousand, five hundred different islands for tourists to explore, many visitors enjoyed repeat trips with unlimited experiences.

Thailand, Indonesia, and Maldives were thriving developing countries from the economic support provided by the tourism industry. The white sand beaches and lush tropical greenery found on one island could be replaced with glorious mountains and waterfalls form a short boat ride to another island. Tourism flourished because of the many interesting physical characteristics of the area. According to the CIA World Fact Book, Thailand offered its many visitors peaceful democracy and a southern isthmus known to be always hot and humid (CIA World Fact Book). Maldives present...

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