January 7, 2005 Pasadena, California - The 9.0 Indian Ocean earthquake that hit Sumatra, Indonesia, at 8 o'clock Christmas morning was caused by big rocky plates moving over each other more than five miles down at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Those big chunks of rock were at least 500 kilometers by 150 kilometers wide. That is 311 miles by 93 miles. The Burma Plate slid fifty feet closer to India. Normally the Indian plate has moved only 2.4 inches a year.
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