Survivors will never forget the day the tsunami hit

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A rose is lit by a candle as survivors, local residents and visitors gather for a ceremony for victims of the 2004 tsunami in Ban Nam Khem, a fishing village destroyed by the wave. Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims crie

A rose is lit by a candle as survivors, local residents and visitors gather for a ceremony for victims of the 2004 tsunami in Ban Nam Khem, a fishing village destroyed by the wave. Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary.

Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

A lot of people around the world today are looking at a video circulating on Facebook comprised of before and after shots from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Ten years ago, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake sent massive waves plowing through a dozen countries, including hard-hit Indonesia as well as Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.

The water tossed around boats and houses — anything in its path really — as if they were toys. Nearly a quarter million people died. More than a million more were made homeless. It's one of the worst natural disasters ever.

But a lot has gotten better in the past 10 years. See for yourself:

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