Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tsunami Rocking Island Stay

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tsunami Rocking Island Stay

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Byline: Owen Jacques owen.jacques@dailymercury.com.au

WHEN Mackay man Tony Moore and his wife Kylie, who both have hearing impairments, felt their chalet shudder early yesterday morning, they thought it was someone trying to rouse them from their slumber.

In fact, it was an underwater earthquake off the coast of their Samoan resort on the island of Savai'i, or Western Samoa, that measured 8.3 on the Richter Scale and created a tsunami that had killed more than 60 people by last night.

Stepping onto the sandy beach about 8am (5am our time), the pair were herded with 60-year-old mother Carol Buchanan and four-year-old Orlando into a taxi that shuttled them up a mountain to stay in a small school as the resort staff warned of a potential tsunami.

"They told us there was a tsunami warning," Ms Buchanan said.

"So obviously that was an earthquake in the morning and we thought, 'Oh, we better move'.

"I stepped out of my chalet and on to the beach so we didn't want to hang around. …

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