Tsunami survivors in Indonesia recall how mosques stood firm, provided refuge amid danger

December 23, 2014 8:45 AM

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Tsunami survivors in Indonesia recall how mosques stood firm, provided refuge amid danger

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2004 file photo, debris left by southern Asia's massive earthquake and tidal waves are seen around the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the earthquake's epicenter, Indonesia. When the powerful tsunami smashed into this Indonesian city ten years ago, the only structures left standing in many neighborhoods were mosques. For the hundreds who found refuge within their walls, the buildings’ lifesaving role has not been forgotten - and for many, that experience strengthened their faith. Architectural experts say the mosques in Banda Aceh survived because they were sturdily built and had stronger foundations than surrounding structures, many of which were likely constructed of shoddier materials. But many survivors believe the mosques were spared by divine intervention. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2004 file photo, an Acehnese man walks through debris near the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the earthquake's epicenter, Indonesia. When the powerful tsunami smashed into this Indonesian city ten years ago, the only structures ...

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