A 10 year old girl saved the lives of 100 people from the 2004 tsunami. She had just learned about tsunamis in school before her family’s vacation to Thailand. When she saw the warning signs she alerted her parents who then alerted a security guard who evacuated everyone to high ground.

Tilly Smith was taught about tsunamis in her geography class. What she learnt saved 100 lives.

On Boxing Day, 2004, Tilly Smith and her family were enjoying an early morning walk along Mai Khao beach in Phuket, Thailand.

The family were on holidays from the United Kingdom and 10-year-old Tilly couldn’t help but notice the receding shoreline, and the ocean frothing weirdly at the surface.

The waves weren’t coming and going as they normally do at the beach, instead they were just coming.

WATCH: Tilly being interviewed by the UN. Post continues after video.

Two weeks earlier in a geography class in Oxshott, Surrey, Tilly had learnt about tsunamis.

The class had watched a black and white video of a 1946 tsunami in Hawaii, and standing on the shoreline of that beach in Thailand, Tilly was positive the warning signs wer… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

7 thoughts on “A 10 year old girl saved the lives of 100 people from the 2004 tsunami. She had just learned about tsunamis in school before her family’s vacation to Thailand. When she saw the warning signs she alerted her parents who then alerted a security guard who evacuated everyone to high ground.”

  1. ExpensiveRecover

    I wonder if she ever used “I saved your life” to get out of chores.

  2. snowynowie

    Good that her (edit: father )parents listened to her and didn’t just ignored what she was saying. They listened and believed her. I only learned after the tsunami what it means if the sea is pulling back.

  3. zomboromcom

    > 10-year-old Tilly couldn’t help but notice the receding shoreline, and the ocean frothing weirdly at the surface. The waves weren’t coming and going as they normally do at the beach, instead they were just coming.

    Any video as to what this looks like? Should be a PSA.

  4. shivermetimbers68

    I just watched a doc on the 2004 tsunami and it’s creepy the way that tide had come in and almost flooded an area, then it went so far back out that the beach had now doubled in size. People were just walking around the newly opened area, laughing about how weird it was. And n the background you can see a tidal wave brewing.

  5. numbersev

    >Tilly couldn’t help but notice the receding shoreline, and the ocean frothing weirdly at the surface.
    >
    >The waves weren’t coming and going as they normally do at the beach, instead they were just coming. 
    >
    >The class had watched a black and white video of a 1946 tsunami in Hawaii, and standing on the shoreline of that beach in Thailand, Tilly was positive the warning signs were the same. 
    >
    >”It was the exact same froth… like you get on a beer. It was sort of sizzling,” she told the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

  6. angry-guru

    Obi-Wan taught her well.

  7. ThatQuil91

    There’s a documentary on YouTube that is a compilation of footage and commentary from the people who were there and it’s insane. All of the natives of the area ran away when the waters went out an ls the tourists flocked to the beach to oggle at the exposed ocean floor. It’s one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever watched.

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