26 December 2014

Top News Photos of 2014

A Coast Guard helicopter flies along the Hudson River, which is full of ice floes, on January 9, 2014 in New York, United States. A recent cold spell, caused by a polar vortex descending from the Arctic, caused large ice floes to form in the Hudson, delaying ferry traffic.
A Coast Guard helicopter flies along the Hudson River, which is full of ice floes, on January 9, 2014 in New York, United States. A recent cold spell, caused by a polar vortex descending from the Arctic, caused large ice floes to form in the Hudson, delaying ferry traffic.

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

Tourists enjoy a quiet afternoon reading on the beach Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 in Khao Lak, Thailand, which was not spared from massive destruction from the Asian tsunami 10 years ago. Dec. 26 marks the 10th anniversary of one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast, that left more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries and caused about $10 billion in damage
Beachside memorials and religious services were planned across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.

The devastating Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim. It eradicated entire coastal communities, decimated families and crashed over tourist-filled beaches the morning after Christmas. Survivors waded through a horror show of corpse-filled waters.