On December 26, 2004, far beneath, in the Indian Ocean bed, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake tore the ocean floor to geographic proportions. The seismic rupture stretched 600 miles and unleashed a horrific tsunami that destroyed the coastlines of 11 countries resting on the Indian Ocean.
Giant forces that had been building up deep in the Earth for hundreds of years were released suddenly on December 26, shaking the ground violently and unleashing a series of killer waves that sped across the Indian Ocean at the speed of a jet airliner.
By the end of the day more than 150,000 people were dead or missing and millions more were homeless in 11 countries, making it perhaps the most destructive tsunami in history.
Tomorrow marks the 14-year-anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.