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Turning the tide on disasters


Devastated: An aerial view of a damaged area after the tsunami hit Sunda strait at Way Muli village in Rajabasa, South Lampung, Indonesia. — Reuters

Devastated: An aerial view of a damaged area after the tsunami hit Sunda strait at Way Muli village in Rajabasa, South Lampung, Indonesia. — Reuters

JAKARTA: As Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month.

The Dec 23 tsunami killed around 430 people along the coastlines of the Sunda Strait, capping a year of earthquakes and tsunamis in the vast archipelago, which straddles the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

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