On this day, ten years ago, a magnitude 9. Today, many of the communities have recovered, though painful memories and some ruined structures remain in place. Across Asia today, memorials were held in remembrance of the thousands of victims. Amid the commemorations, continued warnings from earthquake experts that early-warning systems need even more development and funding in the region. Gathered here are images of the event, a series of then-and-now comparison images, and photos from today's memorials.
Before/After Images of Indonesian Tsunami: 10 Years Later
Before-And-After Pictures: The Scars of Indian Ocean Tsunami - Photogallery
In this combo picture, debris is strewn at a hotel near the popular Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand after a tsunami slammed the coast top and foreign tourists enjoy the weather at the same hotel five years after. As the world prepares to mark the fifth anniversary of the tsunami that killed , people in 13 Asian and African countries, scars have yet to heal even after homes have been rebuilt, tourists have returned and foreign aid has ended. Image: Reuters. In this combo picture, residents and tourists are seen standing in ankle-deep water in the Tsunami-hit entertainment district of Patong in Phuket top December 26, , and the same street nearly five years after December 10, A combination photo shows top an Acehnese man walking past a ship washed ashore by the tsunami in Banda Aceh, and bottom an Acehnese worker sweeping a street in front of the Hotel Medan in the same area. A combination photo shows top bodies of tsunami victims floating in the water near the city port of Banda Aceh, and bottom a view of the same area. In this combo picture, a Thai woman is seen collecting items from the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Patong Beach on the Thai resort island of Phuket top and the same site nearly five years after.