Boy Who Lost His Family in Tsunami Signs with the Soccer Team that Helped Him Recover

An 8-year-old boy was playing soccer with friends when a massive earthquake struck Indonesia on December 26, 2004, triggering a tsunami that killed over 230,000 people – including his mother and two sisters.

Model Petra Nemcova: 10 Years After Surviving Tsunami I Know 'How Lucky I Am'

Ten years ago, model Petra Nemcova was hit by a tsunami while on vacation with her boyfriend in Thailand.

Swept out to sea by a wall of water on Dec. 26, 2004, she clung onto a palm beach tree for almost eight hours.

Nemcova, who suffered internal injuries and a shattered pelvis, was one of the lucky ones.

Her boyfriend, photographer Simon Atlee, and more than 200,000 people in 14 countries died in one of the deadliest tsunamis in modern history.

Girl Swept Away in Tsunami Reunites with Parents 10 Years Later

Raudhatul Jannah was just four years old when she and her brother slipped out of their parents’ grasp in Indonesia’s Aceh province during 2004’s devastating Indian Ocean tsunami.

After searching for a month, her family gave her up for dead – until this past June, when the girl’s uncle spotted a young teen who looked just like Raudhatul, according to

Girl Missing Since 2004 Tsunami Found Alive in Indonesia

In a true holiday miracle, a young girl who was swept away in the Indian Ocean tsunami seven years ago was found alive and reunited with her family in Indonesia this week.

Wati, 15, walked into a café in the city of Meulaboh trying to find her parents Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Emperor Addresses Stricken Japan – Here's How You Can Help

In unprecedented televised address Wednesday, Japan’s Emperor Akihito said he was “deeply worried” by the problems at nuclear facilities following last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, and urged his people to keep hope and be compassionate to one another during the crisis.

“I am deeply hurt by the grievous situation in the affected areas. The number of deceased and missing increases by the day. We cannot know how many victims there will be. My hope is that as many people possible are found safe,” Akihito, 77, said.

Japan's Tsunami Disaster: How You Can Help

A massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan Friday morning, killing thousands of people and devastating a nation, but relief organizations are stepping up to provide immediate assistance to victims.

Here are some ways you can get involved and help people:

Japan Tsunami Death Toll Rising

The eyes of the world focused on Japan on Friday, after a horrific 8.9-magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was close to Tokyo, struck off the country’s coast. Experts are labeling the geological disaster the strongest ever in recorded history to rock Japan and one of the largest quakes on earth in the past 100 years. The official death toll, so far, is more than 1,000 people, Japanese media outlets are reporting.

Japan Tsunami: Lea Michele, Paris Hilton Reach Out on Twitter

In the wake of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan Friday afternoon – which triggered a 10-meter tsunami and a lingering threat as far west as the California coast – celebs have taken to Twitter to reach out after what may be the biggest such disaster on record to strike the country