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[11 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

On December 26, 2004, when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit the Maldives, the capital Male did not face substantial damages due to the protective seawall constructed around it by the Japanese. Japan constructed the seawall as a grant after a strange storm surge hit Male in 1987 causing flooding.

The seawall around Male reduced the impact of the 2004 tusnami. Photo: Eagan
Today as several regions of Japan are reeling from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami, with waves rising higher than 10 meters in some areas, our thoughts …