Joe Chappell (10
"to : Kevin M,
Alison ...My Tsunami experience"
Dear Alison , Kevin M , and Doves
I have told a number of friends about this experience, but have
never written about it that I know of.
After reading Kevin Mirasi's dream, and Alisons dream, I felt
compelled to recount my experience.
On Christmas Day 6: 30 am, 2004, I picked up my friend at the
Airport here in Tampa, who had flown in from Dallas. We
had a wonderful and uneventful Christmas Day,
My friend has an 80' converted fishing trawler, that is anchored
at the southern end of Tampa Bay ( Florida, USA ) at the mouth
of the Manattee River. We have used the ship for
several mission projects in the Carribbean. Tampa Bay is almost
60 miles from the north to the south, and empties into the Gulf
He spent the night with me, and was sleeping on my couch, on Dec
26th, when he got a call from a close friend who lives on
his 60' sailboat anchored next to my friends Trawler. It was
about 4:30 am, and I heard his cell phone ring from my bedroom.
I am a light sleeper. The excited caller began to tell him about
huge waves crashing over the bow of his sailboat, which is
10 ' above the water line. This was absolutely unheard of,
especially since there was no storm !!! He further warned
that my friends Trawler was dragging anchor and headed up river.
The trawler draws almost 7' of water, and he was afraid it would
run aground in the crazy waves. I jumped out of bed,
hurriedly dressed , and we left in a few minutes to drive the 45
miles to the river.
When we got to the Ship, it was still dark, and the waves were
at least 4 or 5 feet on the river, but there was no wind ! The
marina where the dinghy was kept had been completely washed over
by the waves. We had to bail the dinghy before we could even use
it. As the sun came up, we were amazed to see all the damage
done. Boats were washed up on shore, and docks washed away all
along the water front.
We finally got to the ship. and it was decided I would stay with
the ship while my friend took the dinghy, and went to find the
first mate who lived nearby. He was gone about an hour and a
half, and while he was gone, I turned on the radio, and began to
hear stories of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami that had
hit Indonesia the day before.. We could only surmise, that the
freak waves were the result of the Tsunami, on the other side of
the world. there was no other explanation. Later that day, I saw
a brief explanation of what had happened on a local TV station.
The Eartquake/Tsunami had indeed sent a shock wave around the
Ever since that day, I have had feelings that one day, it would
happen again, only this time, it would be far worse. I have
lived by Tampa Bay all my life, and I am an avid boater and
fisherman. Even now, I live only about 2 miles as the crow
flies from the Bay. I don't think the elevation here is more
than 10'. Most of South Tampa is not much more than that. . I
can't shake the feeling, and I don't think I am a paranoid
person. I have read accounts of what scientists think
would happen if the New Madrid fault line suddenly gave way,
sending shock waves out into the Gulf of Mexico, creating
possibly a number of Tsunamis, wiping out dams along the
Mississippi River, submerging cities , destroying oil rigs
There would be little warning if any, especially if it happened
at night. Thank God and you, John Tng for FiveDoves. I
don't share a lot of this stuff with people unless I know them
well. This site gives me an outlet with like minded souls.
Dear Doves,........ Watching, Praying, warning those who will