Twenty-seven dead. Staggering property losses.
Triggered by an offshore earthquake on the Grand Banks, a tsunami unleashed its fury on the coastline of the Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland, killing 27 people and destroying homes and fishing premises in 50 outports.
Here is the dramatic, incredible story of The South Coast Disaster of 1929, the superhuman efforts of Nurse Dorothy Cherry to save the sick and dying, and Magistrate Malcolm Hollett’s tireless campaign to rebuild shattered lives and devastated communities.
About the Author
Maura Hanrahan, 2004 recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's Larry Jackson Award, is the author of five books, including the Newfoundland favourite, The Doryman and her new book, Tsunami: The Newfoundland Tidal Wave Disaster. Her short fiction has been published in Canada, the United States, and Britain, and has won awards in all three countries, including one from London's prestigious Independent newspaper. She has also published 400 newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, several of which were prize-winning. Besides being a writer, Maura is also a cultural anthropologist, having graduated from the London School of Economics in 1989, and a painter. With family roots on the Burin Peninsula, she lives in her native St. John's with her husband, Paul Butler.