Tilly Smith

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Tilly Smith
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Tilly Smith (born 1994) is an English woman who, at age 10, was credited with saving nearly a hundred foreign tourists at Maikhao Beach in Thailand by warning beachgoers minutes before the arrival of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.BOOK, Rothery, David, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself, 2015, Hachette UK, 9781473601727,weblink 7 December 2018, NEWS, Schoolgirl 'angel' returns with poem,weblink 7 December 2018, The Irish Times, 27 December 2005,

Early life

Smith learned about tsunamis in a geography lessonBOOK, de Blij, Harm, Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever, 2012, Oxford University Press, 9780199977253,weblink 7 December 2018, BOOK, Shaw, Rajib, Takeuchi, Yukiko, Qi, Ru Gwee, Shiwaku, Koichi, Shaw, Rajib, Shiwaku, Koichi, Takeuchi, Yukiko, Disaster Education, 2011, Emerald Group Publishing, 9780857247384, 1,weblink 7 December 2018, Disaster Education: An Introduction, two weeks before the tsunami from her teacher Andrew Kearney at Danes Hill School"Award for tsunami warning pupil" BBC News 9 September 2005, retrieved 19 March 2008 in Oxshott, Surrey."Girl, 10, used geography lessons to save lives" Daily Telegraph 1 January 2005 retrieved 16 December 2005BOOK, Diacu, Florin, Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe, 2010, Princeton University Press, 9780691133508, 18-20,weblink 7 December 2018, She recognised the signs of receding water from the shoreline and frothing bubbles on the surface of the sea and alerted her parents, who warned others on the beach and the staff at the hotel Phuket where they were staying.NEWS, Dengler, Lori, Tilly Smith, Kamome and having ‘the talk’ with your children,weblink 7 December 2018, Times Standard, 23 March 2016, Eureka, California, The beach was evacuated before the tsunami reached shore, and was one of the few beaches on the island with no reported casualties.NEWS, Hornig, Jessica, From Fear to Survival: Knowledge Is Key,weblink 7 December 2018, ABC News, 22 January 2009, NEWS, Eden, Jessica, Shaky Ground: Tilly Smith, Child Hero,weblink 7 December 2018, KHSU Diverse Public Radio, 27 February 2018, Arcata, California, At Danes Hill Preparatory School a cameraman was allowed to follow Smith around for a day to find out what she normally did at school. Kearney was also interviewed at the school.Smith's family declined requests to be interviewed by commercial and national broadcasters, but Smith appeared at the United Nations in November 2005, where she met the U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Relief, Bill Clinton,WEB, UN / TSUNAMI TILLY SMITH,weblink UN Audiovisual Library, 7 December 2018, 3 November 2005, WEB, British schoolgirl hero meets President Clinton: "All children should know what a tsunami is... and how to react," says Tilly Smith,weblink UNISDR United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, 7 December 2018, 3 November 2005, and at the first anniversary in Phuket, as part of a campaign to highlight the importance of education.


Smith was educated at Danes Hill School, an independent school in the village of Oxshott in Surrey, followed by Stowe School, a boarding independent school in the civil parish of Stowe in Buckinghamshire.

Awards and recognition

On 9 September 2005 Smith received the Thomas Gray Special Award of The Marine Society & Sea Cadets from Second Sea Lord, Vice-Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent.Asteroid 20002 Tillysmith has been named after her.WEB,weblink JPL Small-Body Database Browser, In December 2005, Smith was named "Child of the Year" by the French magazine Mon Quotidien (a magazine targeted to young readers). At the official tsunami commemorations on the first anniversary of the tsunami held at Khao Lak, Thailand on 26 December 2005, she was given the honour of reading a poem to thousands of spectators.BOOK, Malaspina, Ann, Tsunamis, 2007, The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc, 9781404209787, 39-40,weblink 7 December 2018, {{quotation|"It wasn't devastation or death that won the day. It was humanity that triumphed, the shining victory of generosity, courage, love."|from poem by Naowarat Pongpaiboon{{Citation | title = Tsunami remembrance ceremony Khaolak commemoration Andaman coastal provinces | date = 26 December 2007 | url =weblink | accessdate = 2008-03-19}}}}Smith's story is incorporated into many teaching resources for children about earthquakes, tsunamis and how to stay safe.BOOK, Larson, Kirsten, Tsunamis, 2015, Carson-Dellosa Publishing, 9781634306195, 24-25,weblink 7 December 2018,




  • "Tsunami lifesaver visits UN". (Nov. 5, 2005). New Straits Times, p. 27.
  • Film: Lessons save lives

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