wave of terror
the tsunami of 2004
How strong was the tsunami of 2004
Survivor said this “We hadn’t seen the sea at all that morning". The first thing we knew was when people came running into the café where we were having breakfast, knocking tables, chairs and people over. We couldn’t help but panic, because everyone else was panicking. We joined the masses and ran out of the back of the café, into the market.
Outside, there was chaos. People were running in all directions and there was a lot of screaming. It was a like being in a horror movie, but we had no idea what was going on. Someone said in Thai: “Water come, water come.”
Ahead of us, the shoreline was bubbling and boiling. One wave had struck and refracted around the headland, forming another wave of about seven meters high that came from the opposite direction, smashing resorts to smithereens. It was suddenly really, really windy''.
LUKE SIMON, then 30, was teaching on the Thai islands of Phi Phi when the tsunami hit. His brother Piers, 33, was killed in the disaster.
The Simon family set up the Piers Simon Appeal. Its flagship project is School in a Bag.
"It was like being tossed in a massive washing machine with the entire contents of the island". I didn't have any sensation except for complete, utter, fear'- Tsunami survivor Christine Lang