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Sunday, December 26, 2004. 7:58:53 am coordinated universal time. The world sleeps blissfully after the holidays. A 9.0 earthquake suddenly explodes deep beneath the Indian Ocean, setting off a series of tsunamis that race toward the shores of 11 countries.

3.307° N 95.947° E
30 km (18.6 miles) off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Over quarter of a million people lose their lives.
Many more are left homeless or destitute.
The world stands still, speechless.

 

January 5, 2005, 9:46 am EST. The head of LUCITÀ writes to the head of ICLEI USA: “We would like to help.”

The rest is the history of a project that is only just beginning.

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