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A woman prays at a mass grave of tsunami victims during the 10th year of tsunami commemoration in Siron, Aceh Besar, Indonesia, Friday, Dec 26, 2014. December 26 marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, that left more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and caused about $10 billion in damage. [Associated Press]

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. The devastating Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami …


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    Tsunami AnniversARY Commemorating a tragedy Jenny Brand of Sweden, center, who had friends killed in the Asian tsunami, releases a lantern Friday in Ban Nam Khem, Thailand, that symbolizes the releasing of spirits during a commemoration service to mark the natural disaster’s 10th anniversary. Below, a combination of photos shows an area of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, Indonesia, that was affected by the storm. The photo on the left shows debris near the Great Mosque, background, four days after the tsunami. On the right is the same area after its reconstruction on Nov. 19, 2013.