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12 Jun 2017 description

The two Samoas are trying to work out an agreement to address their divergence in tsunami warning systems.

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04 Nov 2016 description

Tsunamis are rare, powerful and unpredictable natural hazards, with devastating consequences for coastal populations caught in their path. The vast majority are caused by earthquakes in active seismic areas and occur along a limited range of inhabited shores around the world (Figure 1). In total, 16 major tsunamis killed 250,900 people in 21 countries between 1996 and 2015, according to EM-DAT records.

15 May 2016 description

Work is finally set to begin to American Samoa schools wrecked by the tsunami in 2009.

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11 Feb 2016 description

11 February 2016, GENEVA – The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis presented today.

The top five most disaster-hit countries in 2015 were China (26), USA (22), India (19), Philippines (15) and Indonesia (11).

09 Mar 2015 description

Clearance has finally been given for a school destroyed by the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa to be rebuilt.

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26 Sep 2014 description

Ceremonies are scheduled this weekend to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami which killed 34 children, women and men in American Samoa.

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01 Oct 2012 description

American Samoa has been declared 'tsunami ready' by the US Emergency Management Agency, FEMA.

Audio: American Samoa rebounds, learns lessons from tsunami

Updated 1 October 2012, 14:53 AEST

The announcement coincides with the third anniversary of the 2009 tsunami that killed 34 people and caused millions of dollars of damage.

20 Sep 2012 description

Updated 20 September 2012, 12:17 AEST

More disaster management training throughout the Pacific Islands is one of the recommendations of a report launched this week.

Pacific needs more disaster management training (Credit: ABC)

In the last decade almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost worldwide

27 Aug 2012 description


During the 10th replenishment of the Asian Development Fund (ADF XI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ADF donors agreed to pilot the Disaster Response Facility (DRF) in the ADF XI period, 2013–2016. ADB will report on the implementation progress of the DRF at the ADF XI midterm review, and discuss the future of the DRF with the ADB Board of Directors and ADF donors at the ADF XII negotiations.

29 Sep 2010 description

Release Date: September 29, 2010

Release Number: R9-10-012

Oakland, Calif. -- One year ago today a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck American Samoa and caused extensive damage and loss of life.

20 Sep 2010 description

UTULEI: Monday, September 20, 2010) -Lieutenant Governor Faoa Sunia today was presented a check of NZ$1,000,000 as a gift from the government and people of Papua New Guinea to assist in American Samoa's recovery efforts from the earthquake and tsunami of September 2009.

In a brief ceremony at the Office of the Governor, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kumun, who serves as Defense Adviser at the Papua New Guinea High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand made the donation presentation to Lieutenant Governor Faoa on behalf of Prime Minister - Sir Michael Somare, and the people and …

21 Apr 2010 description

(UTULEI: Wednesday, April 21, 2010) - Governor Togiola Tulafono today proudly accepted a gift of books and school supplies from the employees of the Department of the Interior.

Interior Field Representative in American Samoa, Lydia Faleafine-Nomura, on behalf of Secretary Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta, presented to Governor Togiola a thousand pounds of books and school supplies for distribution to the students of the schools that were damaged by the September 29, 2009 tsunami.

"Two days after the tsunami, Assistant Secretary Anthony Babauta …

14 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: To reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies, by effectively using national, regional and international Red Cross and Red Crescent capacities and resources.

Programme summary: This annual report is a summary of key achievements of the seven individual plans implemented by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) under its disaster management global programme.

Financial situation: The total …

06 Feb 2010 description

(UTULEI: Saturday, February 6, 2010) - Governor Togiola Tulafono on his weekly radio program -Mo Lou Silafia- gave a disaster update on the Permanent Housing Construction Program, the National Emergency Grant, and Disaster Unemployment Assistance that it was "moving along and going very well."

Permanent Housing Construction Program

Governor Togiola said Construction Orders have been issued for three applicants.

30 Jan 2010 description

(UTULEI: Saturday, January 30, 2010) - Governor Togiola Tulafono today on his weekly radio program gave an update on the Territory's disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Permanent Housing Construction Program

Governor Togiola said the plans for Direct Assistance, through the FEMA Permanent Housing Construction Program, are ongoing with 55 applicants who had total destruction of their home. To date 44 have received site inspections to determine site feasibility with 12 applicants who have approved land use permits.

12 Jan 2010 description

Media Advisory

Release Date: January 12, 2010

Release Number: 1859-033MA

» More Information on American Samoa Earthquake, Tsunami, and Flooding

Pago Pago, AS - With the concurrence of the American Samoa Government, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will close the Disaster Service Center at the Convention Center in Utulei on Saturday, Jan. 16th at Noon.

The American Samoa Helpline will remain open from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

08 Jan 2010 description

(UTULEI) - Governor Togiola Tulafono today expressed his gratitude to Mayor Len Brown of Manukau, New Zealand for a gift of three condolence books signed by members of the Manukau community after the tsunami.

In a letter to Governor Togiola, Mayor Brown said the condolence books were just a small representation of the genuine grief and suffering felt by the Manukau community in the wake of the tsunami.