Asian Tsunami Imagery
Lhoknga, Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Lhoknga [Lhonga], a busy town of 10,000, had great shopping and a fantastic beach. Lhoknga and Lumpuk Beaches are located about 17 km to the west of Banda Aceh. The white sand and clear waters are perfect for fishing, boating, snorkeling and bathing. The Oxfam GB-Aceh Programme, in conjunction with Relawan Perempuan, conducted a three-day workshop on security management at Lhoknga in June 2000. The workshop coincided with the beginning of a three-month 'humanitarian pause' in the conflict in Indonesia's Aceh province. SC-US began their Training of Trainers (TOT) in Lhoknga sub-district of Aceh Besar District on 21 October 2002 for 60 staff members of Puskesmas and Posyandu of the impacted areas.
The imagery above was taken by the Space Imaging Ikonos satellite. It shows a tsunami-affected area in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. Visible in the image is a village with a mosque. Following the impact of the tsunami, the entire village has been destroyed with only the mosque appearing to be left standing. The pre-tsunami image was taken on 10 January 2003. The post-tsunami image was taken on 29 December 2004. These high-resolution satellite images, acquired by Space Imaging's Ikonos satellite, show Lhoknga before and after the earthquake and Tsunami. Almost all the trees, vegetation, and buildings in the area were washed away. Behind the town, low-lying agricultural areas remained covered with water four days after the disaster, and sand on the nearby beaches was completely removed. The wave height might have exceeded 15 meters (50 feet) when it struck the shore.
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