The Sunda Strait tsunami killed more than 430 people and displaced tens of thousands [Jorge Silva/Reuters]

Medan, Indonesia – When a fatal tsunami last month battered the coastlines of the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra during a long holiday weekend days before Christmas, many on the shore could do little more than try to flee the surging waves on foot.

“What struck me … was how exposed people were,” Rosemarie North, Asia

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