Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, the tsunami arrived as a leading elevation wave a little over two hours after the earthquake (3:10 U.T., 9:10 a.m. local time) (Liu et al, 2005). Between one and three waves were reported depending upon the location.

In most cases two waves were reported, with the first about 1 m high and the second (about 10 minutes later) up to 10 m. A third wave that is believed to have been reflected off the Maldives and/or India arrived around noon and was reported to have been several metres high along the coast between Galle and Kaluthara.

Sri Lanka Map

Sri Lanka is located in Southern Asia (south of India), and is slightly larger than the state of West Virginia.

7 00 N, 81 00 E

Lowest Point:  Indian Ocean 0 m
Highest Point: Pidurutalagala 2,524 m