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Most touching Indian Ocean tsunami photos: Remembering the wave of destruction

It's been 10 years since the December 26 Tsunami wreaked a trail of destruction across Asia killing thousands of people

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An Indian woman mourns the death of her relative (L) who was killed in tsunami on Sunday in Cuddalore, some 180 km (112 miles) south of the southern Indian city of Madras in this December 28, 2004 file photo. (Source: REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files)

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In this January 30, 2005 file photo, the Rahmatullah Lampuuk Mosque stands intact after the 2004 tsunami hit the area in Lhoknga, near Banda Aceh, Indonesia. When the powerful tsunami smashed into this Indonesian city ten 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 strengthened their faith. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, File)

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In this Saturday Jan. 1, 2005 file photo, a man looks at a floating debris and dead bodies on Aceh River in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The tsunami that struck on Dec. 26, 2004, was one of the world’s worst natural disasters in modern times. The tsunami that struck on Dec. 26, 2004, was one of the world’s worst natural disasters in modern times. It followed a magnitude 9.1 earthquake that ruptured the sea floor off Indonesia’s Sumatra island, displacing billions of tons of water and sending waves 10 meters (33 feet) high radiating across the Indian Ocean at jetliner speeds. Associated Press journalists who covered the story recall some of the most poignant images from the disaster. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

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In this December 30, 2004 file photo, Hassan Fayez, center, speaks with one of his two surviving relatives, in what used to be his home as he holds a family album after losing 35 family members including his wife who was to deliver their first born son but died during the tsunami which hit the coastal town of Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka. Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa’s west coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked some of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel, File)

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In this December 30, 2004 file photo, bodies of tsunami victims who died recently lie on the pavement at an overcrowded hospital in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Friday marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, leaving more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and causing about $10 billion in damage. Countries from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast were hit, leaving shocking scenes of death and destruction. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara, File)

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In this December 28, 2004 file photo, a boat passes by a damaged hotel, at Ton Sai Bay on Phi Phi Island, in Thailand. Friday marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, leaving more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and causing about $10 billion in damage. Countries from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast were hit, leaving shocking scenes of death and destruction. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, File)

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In this December 30, 2004 file photo, Indonesian soldiers begin the daunting task of cleaning up the debris outside the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the earthquake's epicenter, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

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A January 10, 2005 file photo shows an elephant which belongs to forest ministry removes debris in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Friday marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, leaving more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and causing about $10 billion in damage. Countries from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast were hit, leaving shocking scenes of death and destruction. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

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In this December 30, 2004 photo, motorists ride through debris on a street in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Ten years after that gigantic wave swept into this city of 4 million on the day after Christmas, Banda Aceh has been almost totally restored. The tangled mountains of rubbish are gone, and it's hard to imagine the destruction that once choked rivers, blocked streets and ripped up trees by the roots. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

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In this January 8, 2005 file photo, a huge SOS sign remains on a road leading to Meulaboh, southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, during a continuing sortie by US Navy Sea Hawk helicopters from the US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in northwest Indonesia. Friday marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, leaving more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and causing about $10 billion in damage. Countries from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast were hit, leaving shocking scenes of death and destruction. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)

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A Sri Lankan man cries as he carries the body of a young relative to a hospital in Karapitiya outside Galle in this December 27, 2004 file photo. (Source: Reuters)

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Idusan, 9, a Sri Lankan tsunami survivor, looks at the camera at a shelter for displaced tsunami survivors in Thambiluvil on Sri Lanka's east coast in this January 24, 2005 file photo. (Source: REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files)

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Women mourn the death of victims killed when a tsunami hit on Sunday during their burial in Cuddalore, 180 km (112 miles) south of the southern Indian city of Madras in this December 27, 2004 file photo. On December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.15 quake off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province triggered an Indian Ocean tsunami that killed around 226,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and nine other countries. (Source: REUTERS/Arko Datta/Files)

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A Thai man searches for his relative amid hundreds of corpses in a temple off the coast of Ban Muan in this December 29, 2004 file photo. (Source: Reuters)

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A Buddhist monk looks at a wrecked carriage after an entire train was destroyed by Sunday's tsunami in the town of Paraliya, 90 km (56 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka December 30, 2004 file photo. (Source: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty/Files)

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A skull displaced from its coffin that was unearthed by the tsunami last weekend lies on the roadside in Sinnamunhattuvaram on Sri Lanka's east coast in this January 3, 2005 file photo. (Source: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty/Files)

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Residents in the tsunami-ravaged Indonesian town of Leupung in Aceh carry bodies to a freshly dug grave in this January 27, 2005 file photo. (Source: REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni/Files)

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In this December 28, 2004 file photo, rescue and clean-up crew survey a flooded lobby at the Seapearl Beach Hotel along Patong Beach on Phuket Island, Thailand, after massive tsunami waves smashed coastlines Sunday morning. (Source: AP / CP, Deddeda Stemler, File)

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In this Thursday, December 30, 2004 photo, motorists ride through debris on a street in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia. Ten years after that gigantic wave swept into this city of 4 million on the day after Christmas, Banda Aceh has been almost totally restored. The tangled mountains of rubbish are gone, and it's hard to imagine the destruction that once choked rivers, blocked streets and ripped up trees by the roots. (Source: AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

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Map of the Indian Ocean showing a computer-generated model from NOAA measuring maximum wave height for the 2004 tsunami.