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Goods being unloaded from a ferry, being used after the bridge across Arugam Bay (visible in the background) was badly damaged by the tsunami which struck South Asia on 26/12/2004..An underwater earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale triggered a series of tidal waves which caused devastation when they struck dry land. 12 countries were affected by the tsunami, with a combined death toll of over 280,000.