An animated map of the Indian Ocean shows how the deep-ocean waves sped out from the earthquake. NOAA prepared the map. The length of the slipping fault was about the length of California, and the map shows clearly how that pushed the waves mostly east and west. It shows the multiple waves and how they bounced off islands and hit other places. This map is large (5.8 megs), so only download it if you have a high-speed connection.
I should have an interesting personal story for posting here tomorrow about the quake.