December 26, 2004 is a date to remember. That fateful morning, a severe earthquake occurred off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia. It caused (1) __________
ocean floor to shift abruptly. This movement (2) __________
turn caused a big volume of seawater to be displaced. As a result, a tsunami was formed.
Fishermen noticed that the seawater retreated (3) __________
a few hundred metres from the shore. A period of stillness followed; (4) __________
minutes, however, a huge tidal wave rushed towards the shore (5) __________
speed of 800 kilometres per hour, equivalent to the speed of (6) __________
airplane. The wave reached a height often metres!
The tsunami destroyed a lot of property along the coast. The impact (7) _________
the waters claimed many lives as the victims were not fast enough (8) __________
escape. The tsunami travelled (9) __________
far as the east coast of India. It persisted (10) ___________
several hours. Almost 300 000 people drowned in the sea, were lost or declared missing. Indonesia was especially badly hit. This was deemed the worst natural disaster of the year.