Articles on Boxing Day tsunami anniversary

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Devastation in the wake of the Boxing Day tsunami. EPA/Barbara Walton

Boxing Day tsunami heralded new era of citizen journalism

The camera jerks as the wave crashes through the wall of the restaurant. The tables set out for a wedding breakfast are swept aside. The man behind the camera doesn’t realise the awful reality of what…
Only a community development approach can truly result in ‘build back better’ when it comes to responding to natural disasters such as the Boxing Day tsunami. EPA/Peter Endig

Boxing Day tsunami: balancing social and physical recovery

There have been many natural disasters since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but none have exceeded it in the combination of scale and scope of its destructive impacts. The scale of devastation for coastal…
The day after: a Sri Lankan man begins the slow process of rebuilding. EPA/Mike Nelson

Ten years after the Boxing Day tsunami, are coasts any safer?

Ten years ago we witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in history, when a huge earthquake off the coast of Sumatra triggered a devastating tsunami which swept across the Indian Ocean. An estimated…
The tsunami devastated the beaches of Aceh in Indonesia, but children now play on them once more. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

A huge fertility boom followed the Boxing Day tsunami

How does the death of a child affect parents’ subsequent fertility? On a population scale this has been difficult to answer, but it has fundamental implications for understanding population dynamics across…

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