earthquake from the Indian Ocean, in 2004 was a
submarine earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 degrees
on the Richter scale. It had
the epicentre in the sea, close to the Northern
Coast of the Indonesian Island Sumatra and caused a
series of tsunami waves that affected the coastal
regions of 8 Asian countries and also caused the
death of more than 120.000 people.
the 5 th strongest earthquake from the modern
history (since they are registered with
tsunami waves hit the coastal regions from the
Indian Ocean, destroying entire regions among which
Thailand, the Phuket Island, Sri Lanka’s East Coast,
Aceh (Indonesia), the coastal areas from the Tamil
and even some far places such as Somalia which is situated
at 4.100 kilometres East of epicentre. The authorities
announced that the Thailand earthquake caused the death of
1516 persons from which at least 700 foreign and the
disappearance of another 1200.
Lewis, a Canadian of 29 years old, which was on a
beach of the Thai island Phuket when it was covered
by the tsunami, survived after he was carried at sea
by a huge wave, clinging of a fisherman’s body who
was wearing a rescue vest that held them both on the
water’s surface for 10 hours.
young man who was working in Thailand for a
petroleum society related that he stood suspended by
the fisherman’s body till a helicopter spotted and
A Portuguese teenager of 13 years old,
who was surprised by flood while she was diving
along the Thailand’s coasts, was saved, after one
day spent in water, by a Norwegian ship.
Unfortunately, the girl’s parents were among the 5
missing Portuguese in Thailand, the beach resort in
which they were being destroyed by the wave’s fury.
boy of 2 years old was in a local hospital from the South of
Thailand after he was found alone on a street from the Phang
Nga province, being probably separated by parents in the
moment of the catastrophe.
authorities thought he is Swedish but couldn’t say
with precision because the boy could barely say some
words. A German who lost his girlfriend in
catastrophe said that he was a lot of children dying
and parents trying to keep the children close to
them and couldn’t do it. Petra Nemkova, a
photo-model of Czech origin, was hospitalised while
her photographer and boyfriend, the British Simon
Atlee was on the missing persons list. The couple
was spending a vacation in the Phuket resort and
were both surprised by the seismic waves that swept
away this Thai resort. According to the Sun
magazine, Nemkova stood in a tree for eight hours
and suffered numerous intern lesions and a hip
The model of 25
years old appeared in magazines like Sports Illustrated,
Marie Claire and Vogue, being in the same time one of the
Victoria Secret’s models. She remained with some hard to
forget memories about this Thailand earthquake.