Typhoon Gay Remembered

Today is the 20th anniversary of Typhoon Gay, the typhoon that devastated Chumporn, Thailand. The storm struck early in the morning of November 4th 1989, with a wind speed of 190km per hour, leaving over 400 dead, damaging 40,000 homes and effecting around 150,000 people. The strong waves did a similar amount of damage to the coral reef as the Tsunami of 2004 did to Phuket ( see photograph). Broken coral was washed ashore leaving a bank of coral almost a metre deep on one of the beaches in Chumporn.

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