Is it possible for a tsunami of similar amplitude and strength to the one that occurred in the Indian Ocean to occur here in the Caribbean?
The magnitude 9.0 earthquake which occurred on 26th December, 2004 off the west coast of northern Sumatra, was the fourth largest earthquake in the world since 1900. The tsunami triggered by that earthquake killed over 250,000 people in at least eleven countries. While it is possible for a similar tsunami to occur in the Caribbean, scientists currently believe that there is a very small chance of this happening. As far as we know, the largest tsunami to affect the Caribbean in the past 500 years was 8m in height.