On 26 December 2004, the world was rudely shaken awake to the ripple effects of an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude under the Indian Ocean. With energy equal to that of 23,000 atomic bombs -- similar to the ones dropped on Hiroshima during the World War II -- the earthquake displaced trillions of tons of rocks by over hundreds of miles and caused the planet to shudder with the largest magnitude earthquake in 40 years.
The Tsunami, which was a result of the undersea megathrust earthquake, has been christened with many names: 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, South Asian tsunami, Indonesian tsunami, the Christmas tsunami and the Boxing Day tsunami.
Regardless of what it's called, the powerful shock waves spiralling in every direction, affected many countries in Southeast Asia and beyond, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, the Maldives, Somalia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Seychelles and others. In fact, even after travelling as far as 3,000 miles to reach Africa, the tsunami waves were powerful enough to kill people and destroy property, according to Do Something.
Although there was a lag of up to several hours between the earthquake and the tsunami that followed, nearly all the victims were taken completely by surprise. The Indian Ocean tsunami resulted in 155,000 fatalities, 500,000 injuries and damages that crossed $10 Billion. The natural disaster also resulted in over 5 million people losing their homes and access to food and water.
This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the deadliest tsunami in recorded history, and in recognition of that, Supermodel Petra Nemcova's efforts in "rebuilding safe-resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters" was recognised by the World Tourism Awards and she was awarded the "World Tourism Humanitarian Award".
Here is a look at 10 powerful images that captures the terrors of tsunami and the insignificance of humanity.