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2009 tsunami

[l-r] Pita ‘Pete’ Tanielu, with his mother, Sapapali’i and sister, Edwina last Saturday at Lions Park
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two members of the Tanielu family — Edwina and Blessing — were awarded scholarships from One Global Family Foundation (OGFF) at last Saturday’s Leions Park memorial service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the deadly 2009 tsunami. Their father was among the victims...
Eleven-year-old Malakai Seva’aetasi with his grandmother, the First Lady and  One Global Family co-founder and her daughter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Eleven-year-old Malakai Seva’aetasi (middle) holding his scholarship award presented last Saturday by US-based One Global Family Foundation (OGFF) co-founder, Laura Lafoia Ava Tesimale (far right), and her daughter Brittany (far left) last Saturday at Lions Park during...
Eleven-year-old Malakai, posing for Samoa News with a portrait of his mother, Sabrina Seva’aetasi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “In Loving Memory of Those We Lost: A September to Remember- Tsunami of 2009” was the theme of the government sponsored 10th anniversary memorial service of the 2009 tsunami last Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Center malae, where more than 300 mourners...
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Sialega Palepoi Mauga, welcomes families to the government memorial service on
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAOA — Several family members representing the 34 people in American Samoa who perished in the Sept. 29, 2009 tsunami attended Saturday's memorial service hosted by the territorial government marking the 10th anniversary of the worst natural disaster in American Samoa’s history...
Family members laying flowers and wreaths to farewell the victims at the Tafaigata Cemetery before the mas graves were covered with cement.
Apia, SAMOA — Church services throughout Samoa on Sunday remembered the victims and the families on the tenth anniversary of of one of the country’s worst natural disasters, the 2009 tsunami. The magnitude 8.1 submarine earthquake along the Tonga Trench subduction zone generated a tsunami with...
Residents at Pago Pago Park amid debris
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered that all flags in American Samoa be flown at half-staff, to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 2009 earthquake and tsunami; meanwhile, the government is holding a memorial service Saturday, Sept. 28. Sunday, Sept. 29th, marks...
THE CONVERSATION — Just before 7am on September 29, 2009, a magnitude 8 earthquake struck the sea floor in the central South Pacific, about 190kms south of Samoa. It was exactly the sort of earthquake – in fact, it was two almost simultaneous quakes – that create devastating tsunami. The Earth’s...
Archie Soliai, Former President of the Lions Club of Pago Pago receives his award from current president, Ms Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Pacific Risk Management `Ohana (PRiMO) meeting opened Tuesday at the ASCC Multi Purpose Center. PRiMO brings together over 150 delegates to channel efforts towards common goals to build community resilience in American Samoa, this includes looking at lessons learnt...
A photo of the bay area shortly after the 2009 tsunami.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Pulenu’u or village mayors from five villages in American Samoa that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 2009 shared their stories from that fateful morning of 29 September 2009 at the Pacific Risk Management `Ohana (PRIMO) Meeting in American Samoa this week...
Perelini Ulugia with his children, neices and nephews in his growing beach fale business, Jaymy's
Saleapaga, SAMOA — The morning of the tsunami, Perelini Ulugia was halfway through shaving his face, when the earth shook the walls of the fale around him. “I thought maybe one of my brothers in law was playing a joke on me, shaking the house,” he said. It wasn’t until he stepped out that he...

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