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2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami—New USGS Web Site About Initial Findings in Sumatra

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Guy Gelfenbaum says good-bye to some new friends on the survey team's last day in Banda Aceh.
Above: Guy Gelfenbaum (left) says good-bye to some new friends on the survey team's last day in Banda Aceh. (January 29, 2005)

A 10-day survey of the Indonesian island of Sumatra soon after it was struck by the December 2004 tsunami is the subject of a new USGS Web site. Entitled "The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Initial Findings from Sumatra," the Web site contains a wealth of information gathered during an international survey conducted from January 20 to 29, 2005. More than 500 photographs posted there illustrate the effects of the tsunami and provide glimpses into the day-to-day lives of the residents and the survey team.

The Web site was created by USGS oceanographer Guy Gelfenbaum, a member of the International Tsunami Survey Team, and Laura Zink Torresan, webmistress for the Western Coastal and Marine Geology team. (See related article, "Astonishing Wave Heights Among the Findings of an International Tsunami Survey Team on Sumatra," in Sound Waves, March 2005.)

picture of house with cracked wall Residents and survey-team members disembark from a makeshift ferry used in place of a bridge washed out by the tsunami.
Above Left: Earthquake damage in Banda Aceh, such as this cracked wall, was much less severe than tsunami damage. (January 21, 2005)

Above Right: Residents and survey-team members disembark from a makeshift ferry used in place of a bridge washed out by the tsunami. (Photograph taken on January 24, 2005)


Related Sound Waves Stories
Astonishing Wave Heights Among the Findings of an International Tsunami Survey Team on Sumatra
March 2005

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The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Initial Findings from Sumatra
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