Prayers as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Dec 26, 2014

Prayers as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Prayers, tears and solemn visits to mass graves marked commemorations Friday across tsunami-hit nations for the nearly 230,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. On Dec. 26, 2004 a magnitude-9.1 quake off Indonesia’s western ...

2004 tsunami survivors recall how mosques stood firm

Dec 24, 2014

2004 tsunami survivors recall how mosques stood firm

When powerful tsunami smashed into this Indonesian city 10 years ago, the only structures left standing in many neighborhoods were mosques. For the hundreds who found refuge within their walls, the buildings’ lifesaving role has not been forgotten — and for many, that experience ...

Destructive tsunami also brought peace to war-torn Aceh

Dec 21, 2014

Destructive tsunami also brought peace to war-torn Aceh

When a tsunami engulfed Indonesia’s Aceh province a decade ago, it not only killed tens of thousands of people but also wiped the slate clean in the conflict-racked, poverty-stricken province and paved the way for peace. The province on the northern tip of Sumatra ...

Dec 21, 2014

2004 tsunami: Horror of 'colorful mess' revealed

Tassanee Vejpongsa, a video journalist based in Taipei, covered the 2004 tsunami in Phuket, Thailand. She recalls: “We had just finished our last feed as the sun started to rise. It had been a long night of coverage of what was appearing to be ...

Dec 18, 2014

Japan eyes providing patrol boats to Indonesia to fight piracy

Japan is arranging to provide patrol boats to Indonesia to support its fight against piracy, government sources said Wednesday, a move seen as part of efforts to assist Asian countries to boost their security capabilities in the face of China’s maritime assertiveness. Since last ...

Toll in Indonesian landslide rises to 26 dead, 82 missing

Dec 14, 2014

Toll in Indonesian landslide rises to 26 dead, 82 missing

Rescuers searching for more than 80 people missing after a landslide in Indonesia deployed bulldozers and excavators Sunday to battle their way through roads strewn with debris to the site of the disaster, officials said. At least 26 people have been confirmed dead after ...