Jakarta, January 18, 2005 (Islam Online - IOL) - The weather was quite fine on the morning of Sunday, December 26, 2004, in Meulaboh, Aceh, Indonesia’s northern-most province. It was almost 8.00 a.m. local time. Suddenly, a strong earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale shocked the inhabitants.
When the quake calmed down, the people were amazed to see that the water had drawn back as far as 500 meters from the coastline. The newly exposed area was sandy and full of floundering fish.