In February , scientists revised the estimate of the magnitude to 9. A study estimated a magnitude of Mw 9. This quickly elevated the height and increased the speed of waves, destroying the nearby Indonesian town of Lhoknga. The Sumatra earthquake is believed to have been a foreshock , preceding the main event by over two years.
A look back: The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in photos
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Next More than a week after a deadly tsunami strick Southeast Asia, the task of finding, identifying and burying the dead continues. The bodies of some victims will never be found, while many others that are recovered could take months to identify through DNA and dental records, officials said. Idris, who works outside Banda Aceh, has searched in vain at all known refugee centers around the city and is still looking to find his family more than week after a devastating tidal wave. AP Indonesian police carry the body of a victim of last week's tidal wave, which struck the north-western Indonesian island of Sumatra, from the rubble in Banda Aceh, Jan. More bodies are being found as soldiers and rescuers conduct a massive cleanup of the city. AP Workers, searching for bodies remaining unburied after Sunday's tsunami, place wood over a body before cremation in Mullaitivu in the rebel-controlled northern part of Sri Lanka, Dec. AP Rescue workers disinfect bodies, while forensic teams do DNA testing, background, at a makeshift morgue set up at a Buddhist temple in Takuapa in southern Thailand on Dec.