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The world’s most powerful earthquake in more than 40 years erupted underwater off of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Dec. 26. It sent walls of water barreling thousands of miles, killing at least 114,000 people in almost a dozen countries. (Sources: New York Times reporters; The Associated Press; LandScan population database).
The largest humanitarian relief effort in recent history is now underway. Learn more about the disaster and find out how can you help with these resources.
Stay on top of the latest news from Asia with The New York Times (free registration required). In addition to news stories, you’ll find photographs, statistics, and a detailed interactive multimedia presentation that charts the path of destruction.
BBC News has also been exhaustively covering the story. On their website, you’ll find news stories, satellite images of the tsunami, special reports from correspondents in Asia, eyewitness accounts, and information about the individual countries affected.
A series of special reports that explore how Asia is grappling with the destruction is available on the National Public Radio (NPR) website.
Stories culled from thousands of news sources worldwide are available on Google.
Reuters AlertNet, a humanitarian news network designed to keep relief professionals and the public up-to-date on humanitarian crises, has extensive information about tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia.
Where to Give
A wide range of aid agencies are collecting donations to help the victims of the deadly tsunami. Lists of those organizations are available on Google and NPR.
During times like this, it’s wise to be cautious—refer to the Better Business Bureau for tips on avoiding questionable solicitations for assistance.