Surviving a Tsunami with Monica Ribeiro Connelly



At thirteen years of age, Monica survived the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, also known as the Christmas or the Boxing Day Tsunami. It hit coastlines in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Thailand. It was the deadliest tsunami event recorded in history. With a Richter Scale magnitude of 9.1 – 9.3, it caused the deaths of an estimated 230,000 people.


 Monica was vacationing in Thailand with her parents when the first wave hit. She lost her parents that day at the beach, changing her life forever.

Monica will share her survival experience, and the spiritual experience that helped her overcome the aftermath of this natural disaster. Her hope is that by sharing her story, she will inspire and give hope to others who may be struggling with their own “tsunamis” in life.

Monica Ribeiro Connelly is a life coach and inspirational speaker. She began sharing her survival story in 2013 and in 2023 released a book titled “Surviving A Tsunami At Thirteen – A Memoir”, about surviving the deadliest tsunami in history when she was only thirteen years-old. In 2016, while working on her thesis for her master’s degree in veterinary medicine, at University of Evora in Portugal, Monica began her Life Coaching studies with the International School of Professional Coaching. She now lives in Blaine, WA with her husband and two children.

This program was organized by James Hyatt #1236.