On November 18, 1929, a tsunami struck Newfoundland’s Burin
Peninsula. Giant waves, up to three stories high, hit the coast at a hundred kilometres
per hour, flooding dozens of communities and washing entire houses out to sea. The
most destructive earthquake-related event in Newfoundland’s history, the
disaster killed twenty-eight people and left hundreds more homeless or
destitute. It took days for the outside world to find out about the death and
damage caused by the tsunami, which forever changed the lives of many
inhabitants of the fishing outports along the Burin Peninsula.