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Canadian tourists recover from their injuries in a Phuket hospital on Phuket Island, after surviving being swept away off a dock in the tsunami that hit Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. On December 26, 2004, a major earthquake generated tsunamis that ravaged coastlines from Southeast Asia to Africa. Approximately 275,000 people were killed and tens of thousands were left homeless, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history.