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Old Friday, October 21st, 2005, 11:17 PM
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Default Mini Tsunami in Aruba

When we left on Tuesday a few people were talking about a mini tsunami wave hitting the island. They said it swamped the beach area and flooded out a hotel. I haven't seen anything about this on the news. Has anyone else heard about this? We didn't hear which hotel it happened at. Supposedly there was a write up in the Tuesday edition of Aruba Today, but its not posted online yet.
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Heard from the Costa Linda management, the waves were up to the childrens play area. For those that know Costa Linda, that is along way from the normal seafront maybe 200 feet. No damage to Costa Linda, buildings but the beach shuffle board cement base was broken.

Don't know what damage to Divi Beach Casa Del Mar and Tamarin, they are right on the waterfront.
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Old Saturday, October 22nd, 2005, 08:05 AM
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Ohhh nooo...that's horrible. They say bad things happen in 3's, so maybe between N.H., that last storm and this wave, this'll be it.
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Heard from the Costa Linda management, the waves were up to the childrens play area. For those that know Costa Linda, that is along way from the normal seafront maybe 200 feet. No damage to Costa Linda, buildings but the beach shuffle board cement base was broken.

Don't know what damage to Divi Beach Casa Del Mar and Tamarin, they are right on the waterfront.
It seemed only Costa Linda was affected only thing i read / heard was beach damage lounge chairs thrown about etc more and larger waves than usual (13-20) was in the water at Aruba Grand when this happened and didnt notice a thing
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I know this has previously happened at the Divi, so it may be there. What is up with Aruba Today! Can't get any page today!
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Old Saturday, October 22nd, 2005, 09:46 AM
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several years ago murray and i were in the water at the costa linda. that area has stronger waves than most but even then, a one foot wave is about normal. even with the wake from passing boats that is about the average wave. as we stood with our bodies facing the beach we heard someone scream 'oh sh*t'. we turned just in time to see an enormous wave, well over our heads smack into us. if our backs had been to it we would just have been knocked over. having turned at just the wrong moment, murray and i were not just knocked over but knocked around to the point where neither of us could stop spinning. i saw his bathing trunks and grabbed on but neither of us could figure out which side was up in the turbulence. fortunately someone grabbed us and pulled one of us up and the other followed. we came out spitting salt water and coughing but otherwise ok. we had just gone in to cool off so had our glasses on. we lost them. some kind costa linda members even brought their masks and snorkels down to the beach and somehow someone found the glasses.

the point is, a random gigantic wave does happen there. we had seen no storms. we had heard of no storms off in the oceans. however, we almost drowned.

we now keep a little better vigil when in the water. we also have those little straps on our glasses and keep a copy of our perscriptions with us. need i mention it took until the next year to even convince me to get back in the ocean again.

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When we left on Tuesday a few people were talking about a mini tsunami wave hitting the island. They said it swamped the beach area and flooded out a hotel. I haven't seen anything about this on the news. Has anyone else heard about this? We didn't hear which hotel it happened at. Supposedly there was a write up in the Tuesday edition of Aruba Today, but its not posted online yet.
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Old Saturday, October 22nd, 2005, 11:57 AM
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How scary Sherry. That would have been enough to do me in.
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Old Saturday, October 22nd, 2005, 12:13 PM
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chris, believe me when i say i did not get back in the water the rest of the trip. i looked at the ocean. i didn't even get my feet wet at the beach. even the next trip i started by only going in the pool which normally i never do.

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Old Saturday, October 22nd, 2005, 01:36 PM
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This past February, for two weeks of the three I was there, I never ventured into the ocean. The waves were higher and scarier then I've ever seen. You literally took your life in your hands even standing at the water's edge. Finally, the third week I ventured in, but never alone. It was strange... I'll try and scan a few pictures on my computer and put them on the board.
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Old Saturday, October 22nd, 2005, 02:38 PM
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Guess it was a bad week for resorts ending in the name "Linda" The wave at Costa Linda and the massive amounts of seaweed that washed up on the shore of the Playa Linda. It was so bad they had bulldozers and bucket loaders taking away tons of seaweed and sand. The beach at the Holiday Inn was washing away on Monday and Tuesday. They had to rope off parts of it. One of the palm trees fell into the ocean and a few of the palapa's(sp) were knocked down. I tried to post a photo, but can't figure out how to.
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I was in Aruba the first two weeks in October this year and stayed at Costa Linda. We had several days of heavy surf - the waves were breaking way off the beach and very hard - could not get into the water past your knees without feeling a lot of drag.

While I was there Costa Linda pulled up one entire row of huts. We acutually watched one go hut go out to sea. One evening the shuffle board was undermined and about 8 feet broke off into the sea. I would estimate while I was there Costa Linda lost over 50 feet of beach.

The weather was very odd, as we did not feel a lot of wind with these waves. The locals seemed to enjoy the surf, and were were able to get back into the ocean on our last day, Friday, October 14th.

I have seen some mildly heavy surf over the years at Costa Linda, but nothing like what we saw the second week of October.
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Old Monday, October 24th, 2005, 12:11 PM
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Default Re: Mini Tsunami in Aruba

We stayed at the Bucuti last October, and from what it sounds like, this year the weather is so much different than last year. We didn't get a chance to go this year. Since the Bucuti is right next door to the Costa Linda, did they lose alot of their beach too?
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Old Monday, October 24th, 2005, 12:36 PM
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What a wild stretch of weather this fall has brought - really the whole last year. When we were at Costa Linda last year (the day after hurricane Ivan) we were body surfing 6 foot waves while the beach was giving back sand with every wave, and now this...

Next fall we'll be there again, here's hoping the beach (and CL) will be there waiting for us!
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Default Re: Mini Tsunami in Aruba

Monday's edition of Aruba Today had a story on the front page about the waves. They put in a picture of 3 people on the beach with the waves behind them
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Old Wednesday, October 26th, 2005, 07:17 PM
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I tried to pull it up and couldn't. Could only see the small pic.
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Old Wednesday, October 26th, 2005, 09:16 PM
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Let me see if I can get this link to work and it will show a bigger picture of the waves Jackie was talking about. I don't know if this picture is any better than what you could see DiviAruba.

http://www.arubatoday.com/week/monday/24-10-2005.pdf
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Old Wednesday, October 26th, 2005, 09:28 PM
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Thanks, Sandy. Your link worked perfectly for me.

The article says that Aruba is in the middle of a 20 year cycle of this kind of weather. I remember one time in the 60's when the tradewinds reversed and it was overcast and rainy for a couple of days straight. There were (comparatively) huge waves breaking off the west coast of the island. There were only about 5 hotels on the west coast back then. None of the hotels on Palm Beach suffered any damage but the Manchebo Beach and the Divi Divi both got their pool areas flooded out. I presume a hurricane was passing nearby to the north but we didn't have the weather reporting abilities that exist today so I never knew exactly what the cause was. At any rate, we locals had a blast - it was a great novelty to us.
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I scanned a picture into my PC to show everyone the wild waves this past February, but I can't seem to paste it on the board. If anyone can direct me how to do it, that would be great!
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Old Wednesday, October 26th, 2005, 09:53 PM
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Ok I'm trying to post a photo of the beach at the Holiday Inn. Hope this works.
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Wow! It worked great Ed! Thanks for posting the picture! The weather in Aruba sure was different this year than it was last year. Some of these pictures we're seeing really shows what the weather's been like and what it does to the beaches. Amazing! I also heard that they had some really big lightning storms too. I received an e-mail from someone while they were down there the beginning of October and they said they were sitting on their balcony watching a big light show over the ocean. Then they said it was so loud from the thunder that night they could hardly sleep. They had never seen it like that. Thanks again for the pic!
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Yea we had some nasty thunderstorms late at night. Lit up the whole sky. Actually woke me out of a deep sleep so it had to be really loud.

One palm tree was completely down and a few of the palapas were knocked over. From pictures that I have seen of the beach previously it looked like the lost quite a bit of beach. The rough waves didn't bother us though. It was like swimming at the Jersey shore, just a lot cleaner and warmer..............Body surfing was the sport of the day.
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Let me see if I can get this link to work and it will show a bigger picture of the waves Jackie was talking about. I don't know if this picture is any better than what you could see DiviAruba.

http://www.arubatoday.com/week/monday/24-10-2005.pdf
I still can't get it, won't display which is a problem I have had with Aruba today for a while.
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Old Thursday, October 27th, 2005, 11:19 AM
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I still can't get it, won't display which is a problem I have had with Aruba today for a while.
I'm sorry it won't work for you.
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Old Thursday, October 27th, 2005, 11:48 AM
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Ed.... how did you ever post this picture? I can't seem to paste mine on here.

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Hi Elaine,
I had to sign up with a photo hosting website first. (www.photobucket.com) it was free and it lets you upload your pictures to the web. After you upload the photo you copy the url into your message here. Click on the insert image button above and paste the url into the message.

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If you can't get it to upload just email the pic and I will upload it for you.
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Here you go Elaine. Yea I would say it was a little rough........
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Thanks so much, Ed - you're great!!

This picture was taken in February on the ABC beach looking at the water's edge. No one could safely stand there with just their feet in the water for fear of being knocked down. I had never, in all the years I'm going, seen anything like this.

The ocean was wild like this for two weeks, and finally the third week calmed down.
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WOW Elaine! That's some wave! I sure wouldn't be going near it either! LOL Totally wild! Thank you so much for having Ed post it. I could see why you say you have never seen the ocean like that.
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Holly crap! I know the Costa Linda well because thats where I always stay in Aruba, I can't believe it went all the way up to the childrens play area, that is extremely far in and higher up then the initial beach. I hope there wasn't too much damage.
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