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Disasters > Tsunami > Foreigners death toll: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

The 2004 tsunami was not the first to strike Southeast Asia and cause serious destruction and death.

On August 26, 1883, the explosion of the Krakatua volcano created tsunami waves reported as being up to 37 meters (120 feet) high. According to the Tsunami Page http://www.drgeorgepc.com/Tsunami1883Krakatoa.html, 36,417 people drowned along the Sunda Strait in western Java and southern Sumatra.

Less than 100 years later, on August 19, 1977, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in the Java trench west of Sumba Island created waves of up to 30 meters on adjacent Indonesian coasts and up to eight meters high in Australia. There were 180 confirmed or presumed deaths and 3,900 people were left homeless. http://www.drgeorgepc.com/Tsunami1977Indonesia.html

In 1976, a powerful earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and created 4.5 meter-high tsunami waves in the Moro Gulf. Thirty-six people were killed on the island of Basilan and 89 were killed on Jolo Island. Up to 10,000 people in the region may have been killed in total. http://www.drgeorgepc.com/Tsunami1976Phillipines.html

DEFINITION: The number of foreigners feared dead is in the range of thousands. Only 112 foreigners have been confirmed dead and the countrywise breakup of the persons identified is given below (as of Saturday, Jan 22nd, 2005 - 06:30 PM GMT).

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Germany 60 2005
2 Sweden 52 2005
3 United Kingdom 51 2005
4 United States 35 2005
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 28.57 2005
5 Switzerland 23 2005
6 France 22 2005
7 Italy 20 2005
8 Norway 16 2005
9 China 15 2005
10 Australia 13 2005
Non-religious countries average (profile) 12.36 2005
=11 South Africa 11 2005
=11 South Korea 11 2005
13 Russia 10 2005
=14 Hong Kong 8 2005
=14 Japan 8 2005
=14 Singapore 8 2005
17 Denmark 7 2005
=18 Austria 6 2005
=18 Netherlands 6 2005
=20 Finland 5 2005
=20 Israel 5 2005
=22 Canada 4 2005
=22 Poland 4 2005
=24 Taiwan 3 2005
=24 New Zealand 3 2005
=26 Brazil 2 2005
=26 Chile 2 2005
=26 Macau 2 2005
=29 Czech Republic 1 2005
=29 Ireland 1 2005
=29 Colombia 1 2005
=29 Croatia 1 2005
=29 Mexico 1 2005
=29 Turkey 1 2005

Citation

"Countries Compared by Disasters > Tsunami > Foreigners death toll. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", BBC, CNN, Wikipedia, Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs and French deputy foreign minister Renaud Muselier. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Disasters/Tsunami/Foreigners-death-toll

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The 2004 tsunami was not the first to strike Southeast Asia and cause serious destruction and death.

On August 26, 1883, the explosion of the Krakatua volcano created tsunami waves reported as being up to 37 meters (120 feet) high. According to the Tsunami Page http://www.drgeorgepc.com/Tsunami1883Krakatoa.html, 36,417 people drowned along the Sunda Strait in western Java and southern Sumatra.

Less than 100 years later, on August 19, 1977, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in the Java trench west of Sumba Island created waves of up to 30 meters on adjacent Indonesian coasts and up to eight meters high in Australia. There were 180 confirmed or presumed deaths and 3,900 people were left homeless. http://www.drgeorgepc.com/Tsunami1977Indonesia.html

In 1976, a powerful earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and created 4.5 meter-high tsunami waves in the Moro Gulf. Thirty-six people were killed on the island of Basilan and 89 were killed on Jolo Island. Up to 10,000 people in the region may have been killed in total. http://www.drgeorgepc.com/Tsunami1976Phillipines.html

Posted on 21 Feb 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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