Quake death toll tops 23,000

by on December 27th, 2004


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) — Weeping residents combed through debris and stunned tourists wandered through litter-strewn streets on Monday, a day after tsunamis swept across the Indian Ocean from Thailand to Somalia, killing at least 23,000 people.

The giant waves — caused by the most powerful earthquake on Earth in 40 years — also left thousands injured and missing as well as hundreds of thousands homeless in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

The magnitude 9.0 quake struck about 7 a.m. Sunday (7 p.m. ET Saturday) and was centered about 100 miles (160 km) off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island at a depth of about 6.2 miles (10 km).

Etalkinghead Staff