OnDecember 26th in 2004 at07:58local time (00:58world time UTC)a strongearthquakeofmagnitudeMw 9.3 occurred offthecoast of IndonesiaintheIndian Ocean. Withina fewminutes the ocean floor rupturedoveradistanceof1,200km. This iscomparabletothedistancefromFrankfurt/Main(Germany) toRome (Italy).

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