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CLIP 3198

The Asian tsunami: eyewitness accounts in Sri Lanka

The Asian tsunami: eyewitness accounts in Sri Lanka

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Key Info
  • The Asian tsunami: eyewitness accounts in Sri Lanka
  • Duration: 02:12
  • In southern Sri Lanka, eyewitnesses describe the arrival and immediate impact of the 2004 tsunami. Includes footage of the tidal wave itself, followed by images of devastated coastal communities and the badly damaged railway.
  • Subject:



    Natural Hazards: Tectonic Activity

  • Keywords: tsunami, Sri Lanka, wave, hazard, earthquake, impacts, devastation, loss, damage, tidal wave, Boxing Day, disaster
Ideas for use in class
  • This is a good illustration of the impacts of the 2004 tsunami. Students need to know the location of Sri Lanka in relation to the epicentre of the Indian ocean earthquake. A good resource to introduce the topic is the story of Tilly Smith:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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