Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series
Most of you remember the great Sumatra–Andaman earthquake and tsunami that occurred Dec. 26, 2004, resulting in one of the greatest natural disasters in history.
More than 230,000 people died, better than half of them in Indonesia. Thailand experienced more than 8,000 deaths. In the province of Krabi, where we were, there were 476 confirmed deaths but another 890 missing.
Visiting such areas is always a sobering experience for me. History happened here, but life goes on.
I have not found any reports specific to Ao Nang. A tourist’s account said the sea wall protected the town fairly well, but that was the tourist end, not our end.
At our end is the home of the Krabi Tsunami Memorial Sculpture, entitled “Hold Me Close.”
Or so it seemed.
The sign for the sculpture is located where the beach road intersects the road running from our house to the harbor. When I first read the sign, I followed a decrepit wooden walkway far enough to see a beehive-shaped wooden structure, but the overgrown and weak path caused me to turn around.
Several days later, after reading about the sculptures – one inside the building and one in a pool of water outside – I approached it from the other end of the walkway and made it, only to find nothing but spaces where the sculptures belonged.
Only after I started working on this page did I finally learn the sculpture was moved to Bangkok.