An exceptionally strong earthquake with magnitude 9 on the Richter scale struck Aceh on December 26, 2004 at 07.59 local time, followed by a very big tsunami. The earthquake epicenter was located about 149 km south of Meulaboh City in the Indian Ocean. The tsunami waves travelled at a speed of + 500 km/hour. Entire strips along west coast of Meulaboh City was wiped clean from surface of the earth, many people were reported dead or missing in Meulaboh. Houses, office andbusiness buildings, roads, recreation areas, utilities, and other infrastructure elements were devastated, damaged, or made useless from the coastal line until 2km to the land area. The coastal planning for sustainable development of tsunamiin the area is needed for reducing the damages and saving the people life.
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