It’s 2014, ten years after 2004’s Boxing Day tsunami tore her family apart, and Jamaliah Rangkuti is still praying that her children are alive. Then, she receives a photograph from her brother that was taken in a village more than 75 miles away. After all these years, is a miracle about to unfold?
In the early hours of December 26, 2004, the third-largest earthquake on record rocked the area off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A colossal jolt where two of the Earth’s great tectonic plates – the Indian Plate and the Burma Plate – meet had catastrophic results.
The 9.0-magnitutude quake was felt across the Indian Ocean as far away as the Maldives and Bangladesh. However, the worst was yet to come. As the seabed rose up several feet, enormous quantities of water became displaced, forming a tsunami that caused widespread destruction across South Asia.