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Friday, 26 December 2014

Asia Marks 10th Anniversary of Tsunami

Beach side memorials, moments of silence, and religious services are
planned across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the
Indian Ocean tsunami that killed at least 220,000 people in 2004.

The gigantic wave stuck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim.
It destroyed entire coastal communities, wiped out families and
crashed over tourist-filled beaches the morning after Christmas.

The disaster was triggered by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake, the region's
most powerful in 40 years, that sent waves roaring across the Indian
Ocean at jetliner speeds as far away as East Africa. It was so
powerful that it caused the Earth's axis to wobble a few centimeters.

The tsunami led separatist rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province to lay
down their arms in order to rebuild their lives. The three-decade
rebellion against Indonesia ended in 2005, after having claimed 15,000
lives.

Indonesia was hardest hit by the tsunami, with more than 160,000 dead.
Thousands more were killed in Thailand and Sri Lanka.



Credit: VOA News

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