The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on 26 December, with an epicentre off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
A powerful undersea earthquake that struck off the coast of Sumatra island, Indonesia, set off the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, also known as the Christmas or Boxing Day tsunami, on Sunday morning, Dec. 26, 2004. Then, in succession, tsunami waves rolled over coastlines in Thailand.
He credits the unsparing destructiveness of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the raw power of the earthquake that spawned it. The quake.
The 2004 Asian tsunami is the deadliest tsunami on record, causing 230000 deaths and $15 billion in damages. It pounded Indian Ocean coastlines with waves.
Read CNN's Tsunami of 2004 Fast Facts and learn more about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that followed the world's third-largest.