When a wave hits a beach, the people on shore may panic and run to shore.

But when the tsunami strikes a coastal community, they have to leave their homes and get to the beach to stop the tsunami.

This was the situation on Friday morning in the capital Canberra, when the powerful quake hit just after 6am local time (4am AEST).

“It was a very scary moment,” says Peter Hickey, a retired teacher and the organist of the coral orchestra sections at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

“The whole building shook.”

Hickey was on duty that morning and was working his way through a recording when the quake struck.

“I was really shocked, I didn’t know what to do.

I was just trying to find the right words,” he says.”

At first I thought it was just some noise, but when I went to my computer, I saw the tsunami was coming.

I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s the tsunami.'”‘

It was really terrifying’The earthquake hit just a few kilometres from the hospital.

It took the hospital just minutes to evacuate their staff and patients.

“We all just ran out and got to the hospital, and then I was able to get my wife back to the house, where she was staying with the kids,” he recalls.

“It felt like there was no-one there, and I was like, ‘What is going on?’.”

It’s a very emotional experience.

I can’t believe it.

“While Hickey and his wife were able to return home safely, others were not so lucky.”

There were people who were on the beach, and they couldn’t get out,” he remembers.”

They just had no way of getting out, so I think they had to go into the shelter for about five minutes.

“When the tsunami struck, it caused extensive damage to the harbour, the beach and other parts of the city.”

When you’ve got a tsunami like that, it really does affect the people who live there,” Hickey says.

He says the hospital has since begun working with the Australian Red Cross to rebuild the beach.”

You can see that the beach is now completely flooded,” he explains.”

So I’m hoping that people who have been there in the past can get back out and enjoy the beach again.

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