In remembrance of all the lives lost, five years ago from today, here in Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand and its surrounding areas, and in all the affected regions throughout the World.
In the years since that day, this area has recovered tremendously and there is really only a small handful of visible reminders that can presently be found. A true testament to the strength of the communities that reside here in Phang Nga.
The slideshow below presents three photographs from the same vantage point and serves to show the magnitude of this catastrophic event. The first, taken on December 14th, 2009, shows the Khao Lak coastline in its usual state at this time of the year. The second, a video still from December 26th at 10:24 am, a few minutes before the tsunami hit, shows the incredibly-low tide which exposed a shoreline of rocks that are all normally submerged. The third, another video still from 10:27 am, shows the tsunami hitting Khao Lak. The scale is unfathomable.
Map-assembled flyover, using these IKONOS-satellite images, showing complete devastation along a 40-km stretch of the Phang Nga coastline from Thap Lamu to Baan Nam Khem.
The 2008 tsunami memorial ceremony held in Bang Niang, Khao Lak at the site of the 813 Marine Police Boat which was swept 2km inland.