How many tsunamis have happened in Sri Lanka?
In a total of 4 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 1883 a total of 35,333 people died in Sri Lanka. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.
How likely is a tsunami in Sri Lanka?
In the area you have selected (Sri Lanka) tsunami hazard is classified as medium according to the information that is currently available. This means that there is more than a 10% chance of a potentially-damaging tsunami occurring in the next 50 years.
How many Sri Lankans died in the tsunami?
Sri Lanka was the next worst-affected country with a death toll of about 40,000, while in Thailand almost 5,400 people were killed including many foreign tourists.
How did the 2004 tsunami affect Sri Lanka?
The waves swept thousands of people away, destroyed infrastructure and flooded large areas of coastal lands. Of the 25 districts in the country, 12 have been severely affected. As of 31 December, the Government is reporting 27,589 deaths, 889,175 people displaced with over 79,100 houses destroyed.
Is there a tsunami warning today in Sri Lanka?
There is no tsunami threat to Sri Lanka, at present, following the quake which was recorded at a depth of 10km. Therefore, the coastal areas of Sri Lanka has been declared safe.
Did the tsunami hit Colombo?
When the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit Sri Lanka, it derailed a train that was taking passengers from the capital Colombo to Sri Lanka’s southern city Galle. The force of the wave took away at least 802 lives and hundreds of people remain unaccounted for. It is believed to be one the worst train disasters in the world.