Reportage: Tsunami in Sri Lanka
On December 26th, 2004 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred along fault lines deep in the Indian Ocean. The tectonic plate movement unleashed a series of enormous waves that wrought immeasurable damage in human and material terms along the coastal areas of the surrounding countries. One of the hardest hit was the island nation of Sri Lanka. Some 35,000 people were killed, hundreds of thousands were left homeless and the country's two principle sources of income, tourism and fishing, were decimated.