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At just before 8:00 a.m. local time on December 26, 2004, a monstrously powerful earthquake erupted on the floor of the Indian Ocean. The quake roared across the seabed for a full ten minutes—most earthquakes last only a few seconds—and is estimated to have had a shocking magnitude of 9.15 on the Richter scale.

The earthquake, felt as far away as Alaska, generated a cataclysmic tsunami, which devastated coastlines bordering the Indian Ocean; Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, even Somali coastal areas were all ravaged. As many as 250,000 people died in one of the most horrifying natural disasters in the modern age.

In Wave of Destruction, Erich Krauss tells the stories of four families who escaped the tsunami but not the horror it sowed. Beginning with their fight for life as a forty-foot wave ripped through their community, and ending with their slow, confusing attempt to rebuild after the last of the bodies were buried, Krauss depicts the trials of ordinary people who braved the worst of nature and exemplified the best of man.

A gifted writer and expert in Thai culture, Krauss gracefully weaves these stories together to give a fuller picture of the tsunamis toll and the great resilience shown by those that survived it and rebuilt their lives in its wake. Powerful, moving, and startlingly immediate, Wave of Destruction allows the reader to experience one of the worst disasters the world has ever known through the eyes of those who will never forget it.

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