APAC—Top 10 Stories of Decade

By: The Diplomat

4. Indian Ocean Earthquake and TsunamiDecember 26, 2004

image: Chuck Simmins

The earthquake that struck on Boxing Day off the west coast of Sumatra was the second-largest ever recorded on a seismograph, with an estimated magnitude of 9.3. The tsunami it triggered was easily the deadliest natural disaster of the decade, and one of the most devastating in history, with nearly 230,000 people killed across eleven countries. The human, economic and environmental impact will be felt for decades to come. The disaster prompted a massive humanitarian response from the public and private sectors, with the world providing more than US$7 billion in aid to the affected regions, led by a US$760 million aid package from Australia to Indonesia. With scientists predicting devastating climate-related events in the decades to come, the tsunami was a reminder–if ever one was needed–that nature reserves the final word for itself.

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Vlad January 12, 2010

You are jumping the gun. The first decade of this century ends December 31st 2010.

Don January 14, 2010

Ah, but you wouldn’t consider 1990 to be apart of the 80s, would you?
There was no year “0″, yes, so one may be tempted to say that we do have a year until the “00s” are up. However, seeing as a decade can arbitrarily be any stretch of ten years, it ultimately boils down to personal preference (notwithstanding the fact that we haven’t officially entered the 201st decade). So, yes, we haven’t technically made it into the next decade. But, once again, I wouldn’t consider 1990 to be apart of the 80s. And so, as far as I, and possibly most people, care, we have entered the “10s”, and left the “00s.”

Ashley Gavin January 15, 2010

I don’t see how neither the war in Iraq nor 911 made it to this list…

Xilantro January 15, 2010

Vlad is right – what’s the difference, though? Living in the strikingly stupid and un-democratic US, the 99-year century was no surprise, and moving decades up one for the new millenium makes as much sense as having the electoral college install the wrong guy in the presidency because Fox news announced his victory before votes were counted (that would be Bush) or calling the slaughter of 1m Iraqis a ‘war’ – Welcome to idiocracy! ;-)

Joe January 16, 2010

The 9/11 attack is, without a doubt, the most important event of this decade.

Robin January 16, 2010

Ashley/Joe- Actually, I think this story is called APAC: Top 10 Stories of the Decade for a reason. APAC. It is only concerned with the Asia-Pacific region which would exclude both New York and Iraq.

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