Teen caught in tsunami red alert
IPSWICH teenager Tara Lowe had enjoyed the perfect holiday in Thailand and was set to fly home when Wednesday night's massive earthquake struck in the Indian Ocean.
Ms Lowe, 19, was about 5km from the Phuket International Airport when her vehicle was pulled over.
"It was very scary - we were pulled over on the side of the street and told there were two tsunami warnings," Ms Lowe said.
"We waited there for almost two hours before they relocated us to Phuket to stay the night. We can't get any information because all the news stations are in Thai."
Contrary to reports of widespread panic, Ms Lowe said everyone had remained calm in Phuket.
"Everyone has been lovely - the locals are very calm," she said. "The scariest part is and has been the fear of the unknown, but hopefully things will become clearer."
Ms Lowe said the whole affair had been "surreal".
"It's crazy to think this is actually happening to me," she said.
Ms Lowe said she had been told flights would resume about noon Australian time yesterday on a "first in, best dressed" basis.
"It's pretty scary because we have to fly via Bangkok," she said.