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Tsunamis: Killer waves from the sea

Major tsunamis have ravaged parts of the world twice in the last decade - the Indian Ocean and Japan. Impossible to predicet, at least now we can detect them and provide at least a few minutes warning.

2004 Boxing Day Tsunami - Indian Ocean

In minutes, the northern part of the Indonesian Island of Sumatra was ravaged by an earthquake that generated a massive tsunami that would wreak havoc throughout the Indan Ocean and travel around the world.

2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

While the magnitude 9 earthquake was destructive, the real destruction came minutes later when a series of tsunamis ravaged northern Honshu, Japan.