NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
8th February, 1906 : At least 10,000 people are thought to have been killed by a fierce cyclone which has hit Tahiti and neighbouring Pacific islands. Winds of 120 miles an hour whipped up 65-foot high waves, forcing people living near the coast to abandon their homes. Not only have villages been wiped out but even islands have disappeared completely. Tahiti’s city of Papeete was inundated by the storm, about 75 buildings were destroyed, including the American consulate. Other islands badly hit by the cyclone were the Society, Tuamoto and Cook Islands.