Living Through The Tsunami

Ever since 26th Dec 2004, I convey larn somewhat obsessed past times earthquakes. We alive inwards Phuket. We lived through the seismic sea wave in addition to it’s later effects. Our boy was born hither ii weeks later the tsunami.

Truth live on told, similar 95% of Phuket’s population, nosotros did non run across anything that day. I felt the quake at near 8:30am, in addition to idea near where the epicenter powerfulness be. My married adult woman felt it too. We idea cypher of it. I went out to Tesco Lotus at 9am. When I came out into the carpark, I saw many ambulances racing towards Patong. I idea peradventure at that spot had been a bad traffic accident. On reaching home, nosotros saw something on the Thai TV tidings near a seismic sea wave hitting Phuket. I called my purpose inwards Karon Beach. The boss was at that spot in addition to said, yep he’d heard near it too, but did non appear also concerned. Later nosotros realised that Karon was in all likelihood the to the lowest degree affected expanse on the due west coast of Phuket.

So, I decided it couldn’t live on also bad in addition to headed off to locomote at the dive shop. Took me a loooong fourth dimension to achieve work. Police had blocked the route to Patong, but I was able to snuff it or then the long mode via Chalong, in addition to saw no damage, no testify of whatsoever panic or anything to propose a major disaster. I estimate that people (like me) were non aware of the scale of things yet. So I reached Karon in addition to forthwith headed for the beach. We could run across something had happened. Not huge damage, but H2O had come upwards 50m upwards our route in addition to knocked over a tshirt stall, in addition to broken windows inwards some shops. The beach route was covered inwards sand in addition to bricks, in addition to inwards some places at that spot were cars in addition to bikes that hd been thrown around. H5N1 eating seat at the far S cease was destroyed. But all inwards all, the harm was non bad, then nosotros headed dorsum to the office. By that time, my married adult woman was calling in addition to telling me she had heard on the TV that thousands had been killed. I said “rubbish, we’re hither in addition to the harm is non bad”. We did non know near Khao Lak.

It’s all inwards the past times now. But is inwards our minds. On Christmas day, nosotros had been on Kamala beach amongst some friends. Our miss simply iii years quondam playing inwards the sand, in addition to my married adult woman ix months pregnant. The adjacent day, the eating seat nosotros were sitting inwards was wiped out. We spent a lot of fourth dimension thinking “what if”. When our boy was born, for us he was a miracle, in addition to yet is.

It’s non easily forgotten.

Continued inwards Part II….(click here)

Updated Tsunami thoughts written inwards 2008 – 4 years later the tsunami.

Everything is hunky dory now, nosotros promise to run across you lot inwards Phuket soon.