Aitape

 

 

 A beautiful sunrise while steaming into Aitape.

 In Aitape we found our first real evidence of the tsunami wave: 3.5 m runup and inundation to over 150 m inland. The wave was the smallest further west in the bay, the region protected by a headland. Tumleo Village, approx 1 km east of Aitape was hit fairly hard. Several houses were destroyed and one fatality was reported. Tumeleo Island which lies just offshore, experienced over 4 m runup, the destruction of some houses and several small boats. There was also evidence of large coral bouders that had been moved around by the force of the wave.

pictures from Aitape



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