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Indonesia: Experts warn of lingering tsunami risk
Nearly a decade and a half ago, All eyes were on Aceh as a 9.3-magnitude earthquake and a tsunami towering nine meters high devastated the country’s western coast on Dec. 26, 2004.
Based on figures from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the disaster killed more than 220,000 people in 14 countries, including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Yemen and Bangladesh.
As the world will observe the Tsunami Awareness Day next week, the Aceh region in Indonesia mourns the death of around 170,000 people.
Though devastated once by the 2004 tsunami, local disaster authorities warn that calamity may revisit the region.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the probability of happening similar natural disasters in the region, Chief of the Aceh Disaster Management Agency Sunawardi said the province is near active fault lines that could shift at any time to trigger an earthquake….
Prism of Natural disasters: California’s Vast Income Inequalities
California’s wildfires have increased in frequency and intensity in recent years, due to drought and higher temperatures – a pattern emerging elsewhere in the world as climate change acts as an “accelerant”, according to scientists. There were two largest fires in state history in the past year.
California’s catastrophic wildfires have reflected the gap between the rich and the poor. Tens of thousands of residents lost their homes, from trailer parks to mansions.
But recovering from the aftermath is not that easy, ranging from the wealthy who with insurance coverage can build more than the ones that burned, to those who lost everything and years later still have nothing…