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Tsunami Impacts on Coastal Environments

The tsunamis of Sunday 26 December 2004 caught many people unprepared and unaware in Indian Ocean countries. This unexpected event struck without apparent warning on a clear day; many local people and tourists were on the beach and some walked over coral reef flats as the water receded to investigate a hidden realm. Within minutes, a series of massive waves returned to carry them away and invade the land. The tsunamis resulted in more than 250,000 people killed or missing and caused massive destruction to coastal resources and infrastructure.

ReefBase is compiling reports from the affected areas on observed impacts to coral reefs and related environments, which are listed below. Currently there are 171 papers and reports available in ReefBase literature section regarding this phenomenon from various part of the world. If you have any field observations on the impacts thus phenomenon on coral reefs, fish populations, mangroves or otherwise, please contact
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Other information on tsunami impacts:

Field reports on tsunami impacts

02 Apr 2007
WorldFish Center rapid assessment in Solomon Islands

02 Apr 2007
WorldFish Center rapid assessment in Rarumana, Solomon Islands

02 Apr 2007
WorldFish Center rapid assessment in Lale, Solomon Islands

02 Apr 2007
WorldFish Center rapid assessment in Buri, Solomon Islands

02 Apr 2007
WorldFish Center rapid assessment in Malaeai, Solomon Islands

02 Apr 2007
WorldFish Center rapid assessment in Falamai, Solomon Islands

24 Mar 2006
Shoreline protection and other ecosystem services

08 Mar 2006
Status of Coral Reefs in Tsunami Affected Countries.

03 Mar 2006
Interim Report: Impacts Of Tsunami On Fisheries and Coastal Areas of Malaysia.

11 Jan 2006
Tsunami and Earthquake Damage to Coral Reefs of Aceh, Indonesia.

30 Dec 2005
Impacts of the Tsunami on Coral Reefs in the Northern Aceh Region.

30 Dec 2005
Impacts of the Tsunami on Coral Reefs in the Northern Aceh Region.

07 Dec 2005
Post Tsunami Survey along the Myanmar Coast

11 Nov 2005
Preliminary Assessment of Impact of Tsunami in Selected Coastal Areas of India.

20 Sep 2005
A Post-Tsunami Assessment of Coastal Living Resources of Langkawi Archipelago, Peninsular Malaysia

16 Aug 2005
Marine Effects of the S.E. Asian Tsunami at Weh Island , Indonesia by Dr. Gerald R. Allen

08 Jun 2005
New reports on the tsunami damage to terrestrial and marine coastal ecosystems of Ampara and Batticaloa districts of Eastern Sri Lanka.

25 May 2005
New reports on the effect of recent tsunami on coral reef in the Indian Ocean was released by CORDIO.

24 May 2005
New research papers in Science magazine special issue on the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake

12 Apr 2005
Summary of Preliminary Rapid Assessments of Coral Reefs in Affected Southeast Asian Countries following the Asian Tsunami Event on December 26

11 Apr 2005
The Impact of the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami on the Coral Reef Resources of Mu Ko Surin Marine National Park, Thailand

16 Mar 2005
An Assessment of Damage to Maldivian Coral Reefs and Baitfish Populations from the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

27 Feb 2005
Preliminary report of tsunami effect NW area of Sumatra

24 Feb 2005
Preliminary report of tsunami effect near Port Blair in Andamans, India

20 Feb 2005
Assessment of Tsunami Impacts on the Marine Environment of the Seychelles.

18 Feb 2005
Post Tsunami Impact Assessment Reef Survey 2005 of Langkawi archipelago and Pulau Perak

16 Feb 2005
Assessment of Tsunami Impact on Coral Reefs in Pulau Payar Marine Park, Kedah, Malaysia

20 Jan 2005
Rapid Assessment of Tsunami Damage to Coral Reefs in Sri Lanka

15 Jan 2005
Research station damage Maldives

13 Jan 2005
Rapid assessment of status of corals in Gulf of Mannar after tsunami

13 Jan 2005
Thailand seeks divers to pick up fallen reefs

12 Jan 2005
First surveys in Sri Lanka

06 Jan 2005
High water in Sri Lanka

06 Jan 2005
Phuket and Phi Phi surveys (Thailand)

05 Jan 2005
Currents in Maldives

05 Jan 2005
NARA (Sri Lanka) badly affected

04 Jan 2005
Possible survey at Weh Island (Sumatra)

03 Jan 2005
CORDIO assessments

03 Jan 2005
Survey in the Seychelles

02 Jan 2005
Kenya coral reefs

01 Jan 2005
Reefs in India

01 Jan 2005
Dive reports Maldives

30 Dec 2004
Mu Koh Surin (Thailand)

29 Dec 2004
Dive reports from Maldives
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