Two minutes of silence remembering the victims of the Tsunami

Two minutes of silence was observed around the Island today from 9.25 am to 9.27 am to commemorate all those who lost their lives due to the Tsunami.

Today marks the 15th anniversary since Sri Lanka faced the devastating disaster that hit the island in 2004 killing over 35,000 people.

An estimated 226,000 people lost their lives in the disaster, prompting authorities to later rename December 26– Boxing Day – ‘National Safety Day.

On December 26, 2004, an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra generating tsunami waves which caused massive destruction in several countries including Sri Lanka.