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29th December 2004                        £1.00                               On sale until 6th Jan 2005

On 26 December 2004, while most of us were enjoying Christmas at home, on the other side of the world people were fighting for their lives. 
An earthquake registering 9 on the Richter Scale struck off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia on Boxing Day morning, 2004. It triggered tidal waves up to 30 feet high that swept into coastal villages and seaside resorts. 
The earthquake was felt as far away as Bangladesh, and the resulting tsunami was so powerful it has killed more than 225,000 people in eleven countries.

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A lucky survivor Chris Burke told us his tragic story.

The water pinned us between the railing and under a metal awning that had been covering the balcony. We remained underwater for about 20 seconds. A thought came that I had better do something or I might not be around much longer. I reached up and grabbed an exposed edge of the awning and pulled as hard as I could. It actually started to break free of the house. We all got our heads above the water and breathed in the air. But since we were still pinned, I pulled the ...

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