Deep Ocean Tsunami Waves off the Sri Lankan Coast

Tsunami Wave Pictures

Article written: 5 Mar , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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Here are some tsunami wave pictures. You can make any of these images into your computer desktop background. Just click on an image to enlarge it, and then right-click and choose “Set as Desktop Background”.

Here’s an image from space shortly after the Boxing Day 2004 earthquake that generated the terrible tsunami. You can see the large waves rippling in the ocean just off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquake Spawns Tsunamis

This photo from space shows the devastation that occurred after the December 2004 tsunami struck Little Andaman Island, off the coast of India. You can see how a village was completely wiped out.

Tsunami damage along Sumatra northern coasts, Indonesia

Here’s an image of Sumatra in Indonesia, after the 2004 tsunami struck the coast, wiping out a huge portion of the coastal forest. After the tsunami struck, the entire coast of the island looks like it was cleared back several hundred meters.

Tsunami Damage, Northwestern Sumatra (Indonesia)

This photograph shows damage from the 2004 tsunami off the west coast of Sumatra.

Phuket, Thailand

Here’s an image of Phuket, an island off the coast of Thailand. It’s famous for its warm water and beautiful beaches, but it was slammed with a powerful tsunami in 2004, just an hour after the earthquake that generated the wave.

We’ve written many articles about tsunami for Universe Today. Here’s an article about why a recent tsunami was smaller than expected, and here are some tsunami pictures.

If you’d like more info on Earth, check out NASA’s Solar System Exploration Guide on Earth. And here’s a link to NASA’s Earth Observatory.

We’ve also recorded an episode of Astronomy Cast all about planet Earth. Listen here, Episode 51: Earth.


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