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Reflections of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004

In light of the tragedies occuring after the recent Earthquakes in Nepal Arjuna Mohottala shares his memories of lessons learned from his first hand experience of another devastating disaster, in Sri Lanka, with vote of hope the best possible recovery for the Nepalese society.

My View of the World

A little over 48 hours ago, close to noon on Saturday April 25, 2015, the peaceful country of Nepal was rocked by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Many of you would have seen the effect of this earthquake, the aftermath and the ensuing agony of those who were affected by this natural disaster on media and through friends.

A decade ago, I too had a front-row seat to witness one of the greatest natural disasters in modern history; the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. I still recall it as yesterday. My father being a meteorologist all his life and the Director of the Meteorological Department of Sri Lanka for over 12 years, I would have been one of a handful of Sri Lankans who knew the true meaning of the word tsunami prior to the unfolding of events on that fateful Sunday.  The first indication was when I felt…

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