Japan Black with muck scoured from the harbor, the first tsunami wave pours over a seawall in Miyako, carrying vans and boats. Japan's defenses were no match for waves far higher than scientists had predicted
"The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea earthquake that occurred on Sunday, December 2004 with an epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia." There are unforgettable moments in our history that are caused and defined by natural events.
Image Gallery: This Millennium's Destructive Earthquakes