Posted by: monsonmadness | September 29, 2011

Samoan Tsunami

Exactly two years ago today, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Samoan islands just before 7am. It was the biggest earthquake in the world in 2009.

A tsunami was generated causing substantial damage and loss of life in Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga. Scientists determined that the waves measured 14 metres (46 ft) at their highest on the Samoan coast.

Around the United States, September is National Preparedness month, and here in American Samoa, September 29th is Tsunami Memorial Day. Flags are flying half mast, and graves are decorated with flowers and balloons. It is sobering to hear accounts of this disaster first hand from those who experienced it. This month we have been discussing as a family what we can do to prepare ourselves if something like this happened again. We invited our neighbors over to talk to us about evacuation routes, village warning signs, and what we need to do to get our home ready for hurricane season. We have started collecting candles, matches, water, food, first aid supplies, and other necessities which we will keep in a suitcase that can be loaded immediately into the car should we need to evacuate our home.

I wanted to share this video which really touches me, especially as I have been to some of the places in the video and stood right there at some of the others just last weekend. It is only three minutes long, but it is so real to me. The people in the video are just as important as you and I. We have had to learn where we need to go to get on higher ground in a very real sense, but all of us need to seek for higher ground in a metaphorical sense as well.




  1. I loved that video. Thanks for sharing.

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