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COLOMBO (Reuters) – One of the most powerful earthquakes in a century hit Asia on Sunday, unleashing tsunami waves on coastal areas of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Thailand, and killing an estimated 11,300 people.
The tsunami waves were triggered by an 8.9 magnitude underwater earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, rearing up into walls of water as high as 30 feet as they hit shallow coastlines in south and south-east Asia.
“I heard an eerie sound that I have never heard before. It was a high pitched sound followed by a deafening roar,” said a 55-year-old Indian fishermen who gave his name as Chellappa.
“I told everyone to run for their life.”