The Asian Tsunami 2004 was one of the most widely covered
natural disasters -- and with good reason.
The earthquake-triggered tsunami that
hit many parts of South and Southeast Asia on December
26 left a horrendous trail of destruction. With over
250,000 dead or missing, several million displaced and
widespread property damage, the event earned its dubious
place among the top ten disasters of all time.
It has also been described as the
first truly globalised disaster of our time. The killer
waves directly impacted more than a dozen countries
on two continents -- including some in eastern Africa.
But it affected not only residents in these countries,
but also nationals from other parts of the world who
had flocked to key coastal tourist resorts, especially
in countries like Thailand and Sri Lanka.
Thus, the tremors from the bottom
of the Indian Ocean reverberated not only across the
two continents on its rim, but also much farther away.
It became a shared tragedy for the whole of humanity.
In this section, we take a brief look
at the media’s coverage of the disaster and its