On Boxing Day 2004, a severe earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra caused a tsunami that spread over the Pacific Ocean at a speed of 900 kilometers per hour. It was Thursday 15 years ago that the tsunami reached mainland Southeast Asia, killing more than 230,000 people, injuring hundreds of thousands of people and making millions of people homeless.
The seaquake had a force of more than 9 on the Richter scale. (Photo: Reuters)
The countries most affected were Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. (Photo: Reuters)
Among the dead were 36 Dutch. Via Giro 555 of the SHO, 208 million euros was raised for the victims of the tsunami. Spread over three countries, 3 million people received help. (Photo: Reuters)
In Sri Lanka, the tsunami killed more than 2,500 people (Photo: Reuters)
Women scatter petals in Indian waters during a prayer ceremony in Chennai for the victims of the 2004 tsunami. (Photo: Reuters)