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Samoa Earthquake & Tsunami - One Week Later

By Sue Richards last modified Oct 08, 2009 09:16 AM

Published: 2009-10-08 09:16:03
Countries: American Samoa , Samoa

See Gallivanter's Report of the Earthquake and Tsunami here

We're in Pago Pago, American Samoa and things are slowly rising from the rubble.

A sailor came over from Apia two days ago and reported that Apia Harbor suffered little damage. A vessel just came here from Suvarov and was totally un-aware that anything unusual had happened until arrival... so I think it's safe to say that Suvarov suffered no damage.

I feel sure that Apia is a safe port after the wave.

Kirk McGeorge
s/v Gallivanter

See Canadian cruising sailor Wayne Hodgins' of SY Learnativity excellent first hand account of the Tsunami in Pago Pago with lessons learnt on

We are all hard at work here helping each other and locals as best we can with the cleanup and recovery operations. Good progress being made each day, yesterday we were able to restore water to the docks, electricity is spreading to more and more places on the mainland and the cleanup is going very well with renovations of buildings now happening in earnest.

Most cruisers are busy helping each other, repairing and readying any boats that are salvageable and sea worthy and beginning to figure out where to next.