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Arugam Bay on the east coast, formerly a popular surfing resort. Six weeks after it was devastated by the tsunami which struck South Asia on 26/12/2004, the clear-up continues..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.