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Tsunami: The Newfoundland Tidal Wave Disaster
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May 2017: 2004 > Tsunami: the Newfoundland Tidal Wave Disaster / Maura Hanrahan. 4 stars

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LibraryCin | 8014 comments In 1929, Newfoundland was still its own country; it wouldn’t join Canada for another 20 years. In November of that year, under the ocean closeby, there was an earthquake, followed shortly after by a tsunami that hit the small island nation – three successive waves that hit the shores of the Burin Peninsula the worst. Many small fishing communities in that area lost food and fuel that was meant to get them through the upcoming winter, they lost homes, livelihoods, and 27 people’s lives, many women and children. The following day, as communication lines were still down, a blizzard hit the area.

The author describes people and families as they feel the tremor, wonder what’s happened, then relax when it ends... then, as the waves first arrive. Later, she follows one nurse, Nurse Dorothy Cherry, as she travels (with two local men to accompany her) through the blizzard between the small communities to offer help. Later, the word finally gets out to a wider world, and more help arrives in the form of clothes, building supplies, food, coal.

This is a disaster I hadn’t known about. This book is mostly facts, but the author does add in dialogue and even invents some background for some key people when she couldn’t find out enough. There is a note at the end of the book to explain this. Very interesting and heartbreaking, in some cases.


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Karin | 6879 comments This is now on my tbr; I didn't know about this until I saw you were reading this.


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annapi | 4850 comments I've never heard about this either. Mount TBR...


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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5534 comments Oh, another one for the tbr mountain. Thanks for this review; knew nothing about this disaster.


LibraryCin | 8014 comments Hope you all like it! It's under 200 pages (at least my ebook version was), so it's a quick read.


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