This image gallery is showing the tsunami of 2004 striking the Kamala Beach Resort on Phuket.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami rolled in over the west of Phuket on December 26th and killed and injured many and destroyed a large amount of property along the sea front.
Unlike many other hotel and resort beaches like Patong, Karon and Kata Beaches, the old village of Kamala had large areas constructed of tin and wood and this with a giant wave cut through the low lying village and caused many deaths and injuries.
The tsunami of 2004 was a complete shock to Phuket and the Thai government who have since laid early warning bouys along the coast and loud speakers for warning in the beach areas are now ready to respond should a tsunami happen again. Records show that tsunamis happen in this part of Thailand every 175-250 years.
The hotels and resorts in Phuket and Kamala are now fully restored.
How the Tsunami Affected Phuket Most people today have some recollection of the Tsunami of 2004. However, for those people living on Phuket Island, Thailand their entire lives were changed dramatically. For some people, family members were lost and more than 250 lives claimed on Phuket Island alone.
Phuket Tsunami Survivor Stories On December 26, 2004, hundreds of thousands of people witnesses, experienced and survived a tsunami. This weblog by Rick Von Feldt journals their experiences of survival.