What is a Tsunami?

A tsunami (pronounced tsoo-nah-mee) is a wave train, or series of waves, generated in a body of water by an impulsive disturbance that vertically displaces the water column. Earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, explosions, and even the impact of cosmic bodies, such as meteorites, can generate tsunamis. Tsunamis can savagely attack coastlines, causing devastating property damage and loss of life. more

Statistics of  Tsunami Crisis

The statistics of persons affected by the Tsunami as at 3rd January 2005

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Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka

Tsunamis, caused by one of the biggest earthquakes ever, hit our small island on Sunday, December 26, 2004. Coastal areas of Sri Lanka have been destroyed by Tsunami sweeping innocent people and their property without any warning whatsoever. Thousands of people have died; many more have been injured; more than a million are homeless. The whole country is in shock, trying to cope with this catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude

Census on the Tsunami Victims in Matara District

The University of Ruhuna launched a census to find out the detail of the victims of the Matara District. The survey was done by University staff together with divisional secretaries and Grama Niladharis.


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