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Fires and I hadnt really been the best of friends My worst experience would be when I burnt my hand with a fire cracker at about the age of eight Six years later a disaster that affected people globally reminded me that I live in one of the worlds very hot spots We live atop the rings of fire Indonesia has gone through numerous eruptions but we are still pretty blase about the fact that we are standing on hot lava oozing along the earths cracked crust otherwise known as tectonic plates On the 26th of December 2004 whilst most of us were unwrapping our Christmas surprises people in parts of south East Asia had a very unwanted surprise An earthquake that measured 8 on the Richter scale was an abrupt wake up call to everyone The epicenter of the earthquake was nearest to Aceh a populated city in the island of Sumatra Indonesia The giant tsunami that followed was described as a nightmare come true It literally swallowed the city and everyone was engulfed Fortunately in the middle of all that devastation help was pouring in the effort was inspiring as the people around me including myself decided to contribute to the tsunami aid The destruction was unquestionably eye-opening and although I had learnt about tsunamis before from Japanese-paintings of gigantic curling waves and The Day After Tomorrow- a movie that visualized a tsunami swallowing the whole of Manhattan- it still didnt prepare me for the damage it had caused to a place that is so close to where I live The experience had the people of Indonesia grieving the people of Sumatra very jittery and as quoted in the Jakarta Post Just imagine One child points to a dark cloud and everyones shouting Its Doomsday Doomsday indeed Sadly Indonesia has had other days that were just as fair-laden An eruption in 1815 in Tambora Indonesia was crowned the largest volcanic eruption
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