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How I Survived a Tsunami – Survivors’ Tales

This page showcases stories of survival from three tsunami events:
  1. September 29, 2009 earthquake and tsunami in the South Pacific,
  2. December 26, 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, and
  3. May 22, 1960 earthquake and tsunami event that affected Chile, Hawaii, and Japan.
September 29, 2009 Earthquake and Tsunami in the South Pacific
Tsunami Survivor Story: American Samoa
Two women from American Samoa share their experiences about the September 29, 2009 earthquake and tsunami in the South Pacific.

December 26, 2004 Earthquake and Tsunami in the Indian Ocean
Tilly Smith: Lessons Save Lives
Tilly Smith, an eleven-year-old schoolgirl recognized the natural warning signs of a tsunami and warned her parents. This led to hotel guests being rapidly cleared from the beach and dozens of lives being saved.

The Day the Wave Came
Tragic but real stories of tsunami survivors and those who tried to help them.

Actions that saved lives, and actions that cost lives, as recounted by eyewitnesses to the tsunami from the largest earthquake ever measured—the magnitude 9.5 earthquake in Chile on May 22, 1960. In interviews several decades later, people in Chile, Hawaii, and Japan recall the tsunami. 


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