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The December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Initial Findings on Tsunami Sand Deposits, Damage, and Inundation in Sri Lanka

Damage to Structures

Quicktime VR panorama from photos taken about 100 m inland at Kalmunai on Sri Lanka's east coast. The USGS logo is centered in the direction of the beach.

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Silent, panoramic photographic view of the area 100 meters inland of Sri Lanka's east coast, at Kalmunai. Photos, taken after the December 26, 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, were strung together to make this panoramic photo.

Near the two greenish boats that are side-by-side, the man in the photo looks strange—this is because, while the photos were being taken, he was standing in one picture and kneeling in the other. Splicing the two images together makes him look quite odd!

Also, note that another man, wearing the brown pants and light pinkish beige shirt, appears in this panorama more than once; this is the result of his moving around to be in the picture as two different sections of the panorama were taken. In his second appearance, he also turned around while the pictures were being taken, so his body appears blurry.

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maintained by Laura Zink Torresan
last modified 14 February 2005 (lzt)