"Tsunamis are rare events, but can be extremely deadly. In the past 100
years, 58 of them have claimed more than 260,000 lives, or an average of
4,600 per disaster, surpassing any other natural hazard. The highest
number of deaths in that period was in the Indian Ocean tsunami of
December 2004. It caused an estimated 227,000 fatalities in 14
countries, with Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand hardest-hit." (http://www.un.org/en/events/tsunamiday/)
To raise awareness of the risk and to bolster attempts to mitigate the loss of lives and devastation caused by such events, the UN has designated November 5 World Tsunami Awareness Day. This Archnet collection gathers together post-tsunami reconstruction projects. While most projects were constructed after the December 2004 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the Cyclone Shelters built in several locations around the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh are a reminder that the risk is perennial in many parts of the world. Similarly, Saint George's Cathedral in Beirut, Lebanon is the latest incarnation of Orthodox churches on the site, one of which was destroyed in a tsunami that devastated the city in 6th century, serves as a reminder the tsunamis (tidal waves) are not a new phenomenon.