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This photograph is of a wave
hitting a small rock at around 8AM on a small beach which comes across when one
travels from Port Blair to Corbyn,s Cove beach(Andaman and Nicober Islands).. One has to go down by the side of the road to get to to this place. We had named
this particular road section "Dil Khush" meaning "Happy Heart"
particularly for the lovely view this place commands.
I have posted this photograph as an advance dedication to all the people who died on the 26th December 2004
TSUNAMI as I will be leaving the city today for a mountain trekking and will not be able to access the site for atleast 10 days.

On the morning of
December 26, 2004 a magnitude 9.3 earthquake
struck off the Northwest coast of the
Indonesian island of Sumatra
.The earthquake resulted from

complex slip
on the fault where the oceanic ortion of the

Indian Plate slides under Sumatra
, part of the Eurasian Plate. The earthquake deformed the ocean floor, pushing the overlying water up into a tsunami wave. The tsunami wave

devastated
nearby areas where the wave may have been as high as 25 meters (80 feet) tall and killed nearly 300,000
people from nations in the region and tourists from around the world
. The tsunami wave itself also traveled the globe, and was measured in the

Pacific
and

many other places
by tide gauges. Measurements in California exceeded 40 cm in height, while New Jersey saw water level fluctuations as great as 34 cm.
Eyewitness accounts,
photos
, and
videos
provided unprecidented documentation of the event. To prepare for future tsunamis, we encourage everyone to educate themselves about what they can do
now
, and in the event that
they should ever be
threatened
by a tsunami.

This photograph is of a small wave during the upcoming hightide which hit the rock formation with mild intensity and you can see the effect. It just makes us understand that what must
been the effect of waves , that fateful post christmas morning on thousands of people who took the full brunt of this killer wave.

It affected almost half of the
world and gave a near doomsday experience with a huge loss of Human Life and property. The tectonic plates will shift in future also and such waves will also
form but what we need to ponder on is how to avoid such mass scale destruction.
Thats the only thing we can do as we are nothing infront of mother nature's fury.

I would like to request everyone who
visits this photograph to just give a moment of thought for all those who
perished and their families and also write some thing for them as a dedication
(points or no points).

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