December 26 marks the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Triggered by an undersea megathrust earthquake, the tsunami was the deadliest in recorded history, resulting in more than 225,000 deaths and the displacement of 1.7 million people in 14 countries. (Video via BBC & YouTube / geoffmackley)
The majority were in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.
Ten years later, are these countries prepared for another tsunami of this scale? (Video via Thai Rath)
“I’m 90 percent confident that we will be able to keep things under control,” a Thai official told CCTV.
Warning systems funded by the Germans have been stolen or improperly installed.
A 2012 earthquake that did not trigger a tsunami left streets in the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh clogged with vehicles as people fled for the hills instead of designated evacuation centers.
And officials say there are still some “last-mile” issues needing resolved so warning systems can reach more remote communities.
Compared to 2004, the United Nations says the region is better prepared. But there’s still room for improvement — specifically with education.
So is the region prepared for another tsunami on the scale of the one in 2004?