The South-East Asia earthquake and tsunami, which struck on 26 December , affected 11 countries, killing more than and displacing an estimated 1. The crisis required governments, civil society, humanitarian actors including non-governmental organizations and donors and the UN to respond on a scale that had never been seen before. WHO was able to respond to this disaster thanks to an extraordinary effort at all levels of the Organization, with regional and headquarters staff joining colleagues in WHO's South-East Asia Region to plan and implement WHO's response. Over staff were deployed to the affected countries in the weeks following the disaster.
Recent Earthquakes Near Southeast Asia
Indian Ocean tsunami of | Facts & Death Toll | ncse.info
The Southeast Asian nation is one of the most disaster-hit on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide. Photo: US Geological Survey. Indonesia's geophysics agency issued a tsunami warning for coastal communities nearby, where residents were advised to stay away from the coast. The warning was later lifted by the agency and there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Hasyim Yusuf, the head of the Ternate disaster mitigation agency, said there were no reports of fatalities, but some people were "traumatised" by the tremor. An official from Indonesia's geophysics agency, Ot Oral Sem Wilar, said he felt the tremor strongly from where he was holidaying in North Sulawesi. The USGS warned that considerable damage was possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.
Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004
On this day, ten years ago, a magnitude 9. Today, many of the communities have recovered, though painful memories and some ruined structures remain in place. Across Asia today, memorials were held in remembrance of the thousands of victims. Amid the commemorations, continued warnings from earthquake experts that early-warning systems need even more development and funding in the region.
The Indian Ocean earthquake , known by the scientific community as the great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake ,  an undersea earthquake , occurred at UTC local time December 26, , with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean , killing large numbers of people and inundating coastal communities across South and Southeast Asia , including parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka , India , and Thailand. The tsunami occurred exactly one year after the earthquake that devastated the southern Iranian city of Bam and exactly two years before the Hengchun earthquake.