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'Stealth' Tsunami That Killed 600 In Java Last Summer Had 65 Foot High Wave

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Though categorized as magnitude 7.8, the earthquake could scarcely be felt by beachgoers that afternoon. A low tide and wind-driven waves disguised the signs of receding water, so when the tsunami struck, it caught even lifeguards by surprise. That contributed to the death toll of more than 600 persons in Java, Indonesia
Image: Chart shows maximum estimated tsunami heights across the Indian Ocean. Credit: Image courtesy Vasily Titov, NOAA Pacific Marine and Environmental Laboratory

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