When responding to your peers, discuss how the organizations selected responded to the disasters. How do you think they could have improved their responses? For example, what organizations should have responded but did not, and how do you think the United States would have handled the disasters?


On December 26, 2004, there was a massive earthquake of the Indian Ocean that also resulted in a major tsunami. The earthquake had a magnitude that registered a 9.1-9.3 on the Richter scale and affected northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The tsunami waves swelled up to 100 feet high and killed roughly 228,000 people in 11 countries. The tsunami is one of the deadliest in the world’s history while the earthquake was the third-largest ever recorded.

Countries all over the world responded to this disaster in hopes to aid in relief. There was a great shortage of clean water and food. There was also a need to bury the deceased quickly so that disease would not arise. The programs that helped with this disaster were the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. There was also aid provided financially buy many different nations for disaster relief, reconstruction, and other things needed to survive.

I believe that the response was appropriate because many nations stepped in along with emergency relief programs to help with this natural disaster. After UNICEF aided with relief, there were improved services that were recreated such as healthcare, sanitation, and disaster-preparedness for if or when another disaster happens.

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