There were fears of a tsunami after a large earthquake occurred off the coast of southwestern Taiwan on the second anniversary of the most deadly and destructive tsunami ever recorded.

There is no danger of a tsunami any more, according to an official of the Meteorological Agency of Japan, although one had been expected. The earthquake, which was reported to have a magnitude of 7.1, could be felt throughout Taiwan. No deaths have been reported, although multiple houses collapsed in Pingtung, a city in southern Taiwan, trapping several people.

On December 26, 2004, a 9.3-magnitude earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean, triggering a series of tsunamis that swept across coastlines throughout Asia. The waves were incredibly far-reaching, hitting even eastern Africa. About 230,000 people were killed, with more than two-thirds of the deaths in Indonesia. On a day when people remember the devastation, the possibility of another similar situation is made even more frightening.

Throughout Asia, the anniversary was marked in several ways. There were tsunami drills in Indonesia, and many types of ceremonies, from candle-lightings to moments of silence. Some of the activities were geared towards protection in the future, with some people planting mangrove trees and other erecting watch towers to provide warning in the event of another tsunami.

Reconstruction is still going on in some locations, as people reclaim the homes they were driven away from.


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