Our heart to tsunami victims

CAN you imagine having a solid wall of water 7.5 metres high bearing down on you?

It seems impossible to put yourself in that position, but that’s what victims of yesterday’s tsunami faced in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

Thousands have lost their homes and everything they own, and many also lost their lives, including a Tasmanian woman, a six-year-old Australian girl, a Victorian woman, and a Ballarat woman that we know of so far, although others are still missing.

Read more about the tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

There are also reports of many local children amongst the missing. Roads and local infrastructure have been wiped out leaving locals with no power or transport.

Calls for medical supplies, food and assistance are being answered by Australia and other countries.

In Lismore we have two local medicos ready to fly over and help at a moment’s notice – anaesthetists Brian Pezzutti and David Scott – who were part of the Australian Defence Force effort
in the Aceh disaster.

It will be thanks to men like these that people will find some form of help and relief in the coming days.

This is a terrible tragedy for our Pacific neighbours and The Northern Star offers its condolences to the families of the victims and the countries hit by the wave.

Gary Gibson, chairman of the executive committee of the International Seismological Centre, said the earthquake measured 8.3 on the Richter scale, which corresponds to a rupture within the Earth that may be 200 to 300km long, with a depth of 100 to 200 kilometres.

That’s a big rupture under the ocean in the Earth’s surface.

Read more about the tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.


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