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Remembering the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami amid destroyed buildings

Heri Juanda / AP

A woman is seen through an opening on a wall as she attends a prayer commemorating the 8th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Dec. 26.

Heri Juanda / AP

Women weep during a prayer commemorating the 8th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Dec. 26.

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the Dec. 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The disaster, triggered by a magnitude-9.3 earthquake off Sumatra, killed an estimated 230,000 people in 13 countries along the Indian Ocean.

-- European Pressphoto Agency

Arun Sankar K. / AP

Indians perform rituals and offer milk on Marina beach, a location hit by the 2004 tsunami, in Chennai, India, on Dec. 26, 2012.

Hotli Simanjuntak / EPA

Children play amid the ruins of houses destroyed by the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, on Dec. 26.

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Jacob J. Kirk / AP

More than 230,000 people were killed with a tsunami erupted in the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004. The impact of the disaster was felt in many Asian and African nations.