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11 July - Kiamia's Blowhole claims more lives

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:41 pm

Today in Australian History..
Saturday, July 11, 1992.

Seven people are drowned after being washed into the sea at the Kiama blowhole, on the New South Wales coast.

Kiama
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is an attractive town and Local Government Area 120 km south of Sydney on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kiama was discovered by explorer George Bass on 6 December 1797.

The name "Kiama" is derived from the Aboriginal word Kiarama, which means "place where the sea makes a noise". This is in reference to the famous Kiama Blowhole, a natural cavern at Blowhole Point.
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Towards the centre was a deep ragged hole of about 25 to 30 feet in diameter and on one side of it the sea washed in through a subterraneous passage ... with a most tremendous noise

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The ideal conditions in which to view the blowhole are when the seas are running southeast: at these times, the blowhole can erupt in a spray of water up to 60m in height.

This beautiful attraction was the scene of a tragedy on 11 July 1992. Seven people drowned at the Kiama blowhole after Afghani refugee, his family and relatives were washed into the ocean by a powerful wave whilst watching the phenomenon.
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Re: 11 July - Kiamia's Blowhole claims more lives

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:43 pm

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