13 Moving Photos Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami

13 Moving Photos Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami
Source: AP
Source: AP

Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, one of modern history's worst natural disasters. The devastating Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami struck a dozen countries, killing 230,000 people. 

The tsunami eradicated entire coastal communities and decimated families the morning after Christmas, forcing survivors to wade through "a horror show of corpse-filled waters," as the Associated Press described it. "I cannot forget the smell of the air, the water at that time ... even after 10 years," Teuku Ahmad Salman, a 51-year-old Indonesian survivor, told the Associated Press. "I cannot forget how I lost hold of my wife, my kids, my house."

Survivors, friends and relatives cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster.

Abdullah (58), a fisherman prays on the beach on December 26, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
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Indian women offer prayers on the Marina Beach at the Bay of Bengal to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami in Chennai, India, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
Source: Arun Sankar K/AP
A woman offers prayers on a tiled memorial wall displaying names of victims from the Asian tsunami, in Phang Nga, Ban Nam Khem province, Thailand, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
Source: Wong Maye-E/AP
A white lotus released by relatives of German victims of the Asian tsunami sits on the sand as a couple looks towards the sea during a commemoration and religious ceremony for German, Austrian and Swiss victims, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 in Khao Lak, Thailand.
Source: Wong Maye-E/AP
Acehnese women weep during a prayer for the victims of Indian Ocean tsunami ahead of its 10th anniversary at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014.
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Sri Lankan tsunami survivors pay their respect at a mass grave of 591 train passengers which was hit by 2004 tsunami in Peraliya, Sri Lanka, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. In Sri Lanka the train 591, which was tossed up by the waves and the charred images of which became an icon of the disaster, carried some survivors, relatives of the dead and the guard who was on duty 10 years ago, stopped at the disaster site for a remembrance of the dead
Source: Eranga Jayawardena/AP
Relatives of victims of the Asian tsunami lay white roses on the beach during a commemoration and religious ceremony for German, Austrian and Swiss victims in Khao Lak, Thailand, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
Source: Wong Maye-E/AP
Sri Lankan tsunami survivor Nirmali Fernando holds up two train tickets with which she and her husband traveled ten years ago when the tsunami hit the 591 train during a commemorative ride on the train in Peraliya, Sri Lanka, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. In Sri Lanka the train 591, which was tossed up by the waves and the charred images of which became an icon of the disaster, carried some survivors, relatives of the dead and the guard who was on duty 10 years ago, stopped at the disaster site for a remembrance of the dead.
Source: Eranga Jayawardena/AP
hai students make sand sculptures during the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami at Patong beach in Phuket province on December 26, 2014.
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Ben Atreu Flegel, 25, a German survivor of the Asian tsunami who lost his grandparents ten years ago in this very beach, places a white rose into the sea during a commemoration and religious ceremony for German, Austrian and Swiss victims of the tsunami, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 in Khao Lak, Thailand.
Source: Wong Maye-E/AP
An Acehnese man prays during a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami at a mass grave in Aceh Besar, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
Source: Binsar Bakkara/AP
Indian women offer prayers on the Marina Beach at the Bay of Bengal to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami in Chennai, India, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
Source: Arun Sankar K/AP