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UN-backed tsunami drill to simulate 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

The United Nations has confirmed that 18 countries around the Indian Ocean Rim will participate in a United Nations-backed tsunami exercise on October 14 known as "Exercise Indian Ocean Wave 09."

Earthquakes, torrential rains, landslides greet Southeast Asian year-end festivities

Just as the West greets the year-end holiday season with snowflakes and gale winds, Southeast Asia is becoming used to greeting the year end with reminders of the 2004 year-end deadly tsunami that killed an estimated 180,000 people across the region.