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The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred at 00: 58: 53 UTC on 26 December, with an epicentre off the west of and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). It was an undersea megathrust earthquake caused by rupture along the fault between the Burma Plate and the Indian Plate.
Sri Lanka's tsunami death toll stands at 30, 920 and the number of those reported missing is 6, 034, according to government figures. In neighbouring India, the official death toll remains at 10, 672 with 5, 711 still missing and feared dead.