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8GEB - Geographic Inquiry - Boxing Day Tsunami: Home

Suggested resources for your inquiry into the Boxing Day Tsunami

Task outline

Imagine that you work for the Australian Government Geoscience Team that specializes in understanding natural hazards and planning to reduce their potential impact.

Conduct a Geographical Inquiry (GI) into the “2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Indonesia-Sumatra” and produce a report in which you highlight the causes, location, impacts and ways that negative impacts of future tsunamis can be reduced through effective mitigation strategies.

6 lessons in class lessons and homework time

Tsunami Documentary on the Devastating 2004 Tsunami



Tsunami 101

Tsunamis are giant, powerful waves most often caused by earthquakes beneath the ocean floor. Their incredible power can destroy entire communities, then drag the debris out to sea. This video shows what causes tsunamis and the importance of evacuating any area under a tsunami alert. 

Plan your inquiry

Use “Inspiration” to construct a brainstorm around the following topics;

·       Causes

·       Location

·       Social Impact

·       Economic Impact

·       Environmental Impact

·       Lessons learnt on how to reduce the negative impacts of tsunami’s (Mitigation)


​​​Ask yourself who? what? when? where? why? how?