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A woman looks at a notice board full of missing person postings on a bulletin board outside a local hospital, after Patong Beach was hit by tsunamis on Phuket Island, 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.