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Tsunami Wave Hits Beach And People Get Swept Away

On December 26, 2004, Indonesia, Thailand and India were rocked by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which triggered a deadly tsunami that claimed the lives of over 200,000 people. This raw video footage from Thailand shows the the moment the tsunami hit, and the chaos that came after.

The footage first shows tourists enjoying their time while on vacation, spending time on the beach and enjoying the sun. Soon, the footage switches to group of onlookers who notice that the tide has completely disappeared from the beach. At first, spectators are confused, unsure of what exactly is going on. “Never seen this happen before,” one person says. Suddenly, they see the tide come back in the distance.

 

The tide is massive, and onlookers continue to question the odd occurrence. The waves continue to grow as one person questions how the wave even got there. “Maybe the earthquake affected the water,” one spectator says as the massive wave inches closer to shore. Soon, tourists and locals alike begin to realize that the massive wave is heading for the beach. They soon understand that what they are witnessing is a tsunami.

As the wave approaches the shore, beachgoers try to run away, but some people are swept away as the wave crashes into the peaceful shore.

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