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> Video footage of the tsunami hitting Banda Aceh

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Dr. Jose Borrero of the University of Southern California Tsunami research group recently returned from the Aceh province of Northern Sumatra, one of the areas hardest hit by the tsunami and earthquake. The map below shows the areas where he collected data and took photographs.
Travel to the site was made possible by grants from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the National Science Foundation. Logistical support and support on the ground were made possible by the National Geographic Society.

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View towards the sea at Idi.

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Prawn hatcher at Idy. The wave did not spill into the prawn tanks, ~ 2m elevation, 50m from shore.

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The beach at Idi, note the long jetty in the distance. Locals said the Navy gave a warning for them to evacuate. The wave come to Idi 1.5 hours after the earthquake.

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Despite low wave heights, the wave penetrated several hundred meters inland and destroyed the front row wooden houses.

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Riding to school.

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Local girls near a refugee camp.

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Paneraja. The wave swept across a rice paddy, to the highway in the distance.

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Panteraja house damage.

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Central Aceh convenience store.

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Coming into Banda Aceh

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The tower at the Grand Mosque, Banda Aceh.

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Boats slammed into a bridge in central Banda Aceh.

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Looking towards the ocean from the bridge.

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The bridge, note the railing smashed in from the impact.

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Jose on the bridge.

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A body in the debris, Banda Aceh.

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Banda Aceh in ruins.

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Debris on 2nd story balcony.

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Body bags in Banda Aceh.

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Banda Aceh. Looking directly into the flow direction, the ocean is over 3 km away.

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Wave removed roof tiles to maximum flow depths. Note 5 m staff

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Salvaging what they can.

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This area had many low houses and aquaculture ponds. Would natural mangrove forests have lessened the tsunami impact?

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Debris on balcony.

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View to central mosque from sea shore. full zoom on a 300 mm lens.

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View to mosque, wider angle, 70 mm lens.

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Debris on balcony.

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Overturned freighter at Lhoknga

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Bark stripped from trees to nearly 15 m. Lhoknga
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Barge and tugboat on the beach, Lhoknga
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Cement factory at Lhoknga
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Vegetation stripped away from mountain side at Lhoknga.
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A survivor tells the story of losing his entire family.
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The clearing. Note the men holding a 5 m staff. I estimate 15 m runup.
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Standing at the edge of the trim line. 15 m? maybe 20 m? The barge and tug with the capsized freighter in the background.
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Debris on a bridge support, 8 m above still water level.
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Structural damage, Banda Aceh.
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An emu that survived, Uleele, Banda Aceh.
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Uleele water front area, Banda Aceh.
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Capsized freighter. Lhoknga
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Trees uniformly removed by tsunami along the Sumatra west coast.
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Trim line.
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Overwashed area.
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Inland overwash.
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Overwashed headland.
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Overwashed headland.
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US Navy Seahawk
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Jose Borrero on board a US Navy helicopter.
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Banda Aceh, east side.
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Boat on house, Banda Aceh.
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Debris at 5 m, banda Aceh.
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Mosque, western Banda Aceh.
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Elephants used for clearing debris.
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Feeding elephants.
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Local crew.
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National Geographic: Jeff Swimmer, Jeff Streich, Jose Borrero (USC), Dan Cesareo.