Mahabalipuram Ruins | In 2004 , just before the Sumatra Tsunami hit the east coast of India ...

Mahabalipuram Ruins | In 2004 , just before the Sumatra Tsunami hit the east coast of India ...

One of the worst natural disasters hits SE Asia, 9.3 earthquake off W. Coast of Indonesian island of Sumatra generates enormous Tsunami killing 186,983 & 40,000 still missing from Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh & Indonesia.  Dec. 26, 2004

One of the worst natural disasters hits SE Asia, 9.3 earthquake off W. Coast of Indonesian island of Sumatra generates enormous Tsunami killing 186,983 & 40,000 still missing from Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh & Indonesia. Dec. 26, 2004

Shore temple at Mahabalipuram ... it's a miracle that it survived the 2004 Tsunami despite being so close to the sea shore.

Shore temple at Mahabalipuram ... it's a miracle that it survived the 2004 Tsunami despite being so close to the sea shore.

The small shrine or temple on beach to offer prayers for those who were taken by sea in Pondicherry

The small shrine or temple on beach to offer prayers for those who were taken by sea in Pondicherry

Tsunami Memorial in Kanyakumari, India

Tsunami Memorial in Kanyakumari, India

The tsunami of 2004 destroyed so much of the surrounding areas, yet did not ruin the St. Thomas Basilica. The waters only rose to around the level of this wall (the Bay of Bengal/Pacific Ocean is in the background of the basilica).

The tsunami of 2004 destroyed so much of the surrounding areas, yet did not ruin the St. Thomas Basilica. The waters only rose to around the level of this wall (the Bay of Bengal/Pacific Ocean is in the background of the basilica).

Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram (India)

Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram (India)

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