The great Sumatra–Andaman earthquake of 26 December 2004 (UTC 00:58:53) was a momentous event, whether measured by scientific or human standards. Sadly, what is currently regarded as the third largest earthquake in recorded history led to the worst tsunami disaster in recorded history, with the loss of more than 200,000 lives and devastation throughout the Bay of Bengal. About three months later, on 28 March 2005, the Nias–Simeulue earthquake, near the southern end of the 2004 rupture, shocked the region again. Fortunately, this Mw 8.7 earthquake, the second largest earthquake in the past decade, was less destructive. These earthquakes...

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