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Then and Now: 10 Years After the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Countries hit by the deadly waves commemorate those that lost their lives and adopt early-warning systems that might help prevent future catastrophes.

by Robert S. Eshelman
Dec 26 2014, 6:15pm

Image via AP/Andy Eames

Triggered by a magnitude-9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, the Indian Ocean tsunami brought shocking amounts of death and destruction across Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and as far away as East Africa. Today marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating and deadly disaster.

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In this January 10, 2005 photo, a Forestry Ministry elephant removes debris in Banda Aceh, capital of Ache province, Indonesia. The tsunami was one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history, leaving more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and causing about $10 billion in damage. 

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A worker installs the names of the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the wall of the Tsunami Museum in Banda Ache ahead of the 10th anniversary of the deadly event.

(Image via AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

In this December 26, 2004 photo, tidal waves wash through houses at Maddampegama, a town lying about 38 miles south of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  

(Image via AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

In this photo, taken on April 11, 2012, a tsunami alert team warns Sri Lankan coastline residents to leave for higher ground through a public announcing system in Dehiwala, a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on early warning systems in countries hit by the deadly tsunami. 

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In this December 28, 2004 photo, a boat passes by a damaged hotel, at Ton Sai Bay on Phi Phi Island, in Thailand. 

(Image via AP/Wong Maye-E)

Portraits of victims from the Indian Ocean tsunami are displayed during a memorial service on Friday in Phang Nga, Ban Nam Khem province, Thailand.  

Ten years after the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami. Read more here.

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