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 A Survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake Assesses the Damage in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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A Survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake Assesses the Damage in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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On December 26, 2004, an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 9.3 struck off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It triggered a series of huge tsunamis that swept across the Indian Ocean and devastated the region's coastal communities. More than 230,000 people perished in 14 countries.

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