This page lists news articles and events for the year 2004
Events that happen on the specified date are listed under Events: entries. News articles that were published on the specified date are listed under News: entries. Events that only happened in fiction on the specified date are listed under Fiction: entries and are written in italics.
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- Event: Presidents Park (Virginia) opens near Williamsburg, VA
- December 26:
- Event: the strongest earthquake in 40 years hits the entire Indian Ocean region. The massive 9.3 magnitude earthquake, epicentered just off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, generates enormous tsunami waves that crash into the coastal areas of a number of nations including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The official death toll in the affected countries stands at 186,983 with more than 40,000 people listed as missing.
- December 27
- Event: Astrophysicists from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching near Munich measure the strongest burst yet from a magnetar. At 21:30:26 UT the earth is hit by a huge wave front of gamma rays and X-rays. It is the strongest flux of high-energetic gamma radiation measured so far.