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March 14th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Nate Berkus on surviving 2004 tsunami: "There are psychological ramifications...that are going to last for years"

On Friday's "Piers Morgan Tonight," a survivor of the 2004 tsunami joined Piers Morgan for a personal discussion. Nate Berkus, host of "The Nate Berkus Show," lost his partner in the tragedy as well. "It's unbelievably disorienting," said Berkus. "You just don't even know when you're in the thick of it what could possibly be happening. My heart goes out to everybody...There are psychological ramifications and emotional ramifications that are going to last for years."

The first phone call Berkus made upon surviving was to CNN, and Piers replayed the audio of that phone call at the beginning of the interview. Here was Berkus' reaction:

"It actually was very hard to hear my voice," he said. "I could hear in my voice the same sort of feelings I had this morning when I woke up and started watching the coverage."

Berkus also described exactly what it feels like to be in a tsunami: "It's as if you've been dropped into the spin cycle of a washing machine."

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  1. Bill Mc

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    Book Helen Coldicott she will expose all the missinformation on the reactors – do it as a service to humanity

    March 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jim in Texas

    The psychological trauma will be unfolding for many years to come

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