The Terrible Aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami in Sumatra



Image: Frank Lodder

The terrifying power of the waves reduced whole areas to piles of debris.

It was the day after Christmas. Many of us were still sleeping off the celebrations, enjoying a leisurely breakfast, or generally recovering from the festivities of the day before. Then, at some point, we heard the news. A massive earthquake had sent a speeding tsunami across the Indian Ocean. Already, thousands were feared dead, and the list was growing.


Image: Frank Lodder

An aerial view of the devastation

Across the world, those not directly affected switched on their TVs and were met with scenes of devastation that seemed hard to believe. Tragically, it was all too real. But the full impact of the 2004 ‘Boxing Day tsunami’ had just begun.

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