Tsunami: The Newfoundland Tidal Wave Disaster
In November 1929, at the beginning of the Great Depression, an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale rocked the Grand Banks. The subterranean quake generated a tsunami which struck the Burin Peninsula, killing twenty-seven people (mostly women and children) and destroying homes and fishing premises in more than fifty outports. This book chronicles this natural disaster, placing its emphasis on the efforts of Nurse Dorothy Cherry to help those afflicted during the disaster and the attempts by Magistrate Malcolm Hollett to rebuild the destroyed communities and alleviate the misery of the survivors. The story is supported by primary sources from the era, such as newspaper articles and correspondence of those involved in the relief efforts, and pictures vividly portraying the magnitude of the disaster.
01 Jan 2004
Local, municipal and regional public administration
Strategic Research Theme
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage