The German Red Cross establish a basic health care unit in the town of Teunom following the tsunami which struck South Asia on 26/12/2004. Their 44 tonne cargo is flown down by the US military, and the personnel fly with Helimissions. An underwater earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale triggered a series of tidal waves which caused devastation when they struck dry land. 12 countries were affected by the tsunami, with a combined death toll of over 150,000. Aceh, the closest landfall to the epicentre of the quake, suffered the greatest loss of life.