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21 Jun 2018 description

“Heavy winter clothing arrived. We don’t have winter here! These things just aren’t needed.”

12 Oct 2017 description

Six schools on a vulnerable coastline of Samoa hit by the deadly 2009 Pacific tsunami are due to hold an evacuation drill this morning.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

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.

13 Oct 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

The Department of National Emergency Management Office marked the International Day for Disaster Reduction under the theme ‘Live to Tell’ at the Digicel Square this morning.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MEIDECC, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni in his keynote address emphasized what Tonga has done to improve its state of awareness and preparations in regard to natural disasters.

28 Jun 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

27th June 2016 - On Wednesday, 22 June 2016, the Government of Japan and the people of Niuatoputapu celebrated the commissioning of the Upgraded Water Supply System for the villages of Hihifo, Vaipoa and Falehau of Niuatoputapu, funded through the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, GGP.

15 May 2016 description

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

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International.

05 Aug 2015 description

This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.


Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

09 Mar 2015 description

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

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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.

Read the full article here

11 Apr 2014 description
report World Bank

Following a devastating tsunami in 2009 in Tonga’s outermost island group, the Niuas, the World Bank worked with the community to rebuild homes, as well as critical rural roads. Now living in disaster-proofed houses and safer locations away from the coast, communities feel more secure as they recover from the impact of the disaster.


08 Jan 2013 description
report World Bank


In September 2009, a tsunami struck the shores of Niuatoputapu Island in Tonga, destroying the community’s homes and livelihoods.

The World Bank is working with the Tongan Government and partners to help communities rebuild and making them safer from future disasters.

People now feel more secure after relocating to safer areas and living in disaster-proofed houses.

29 Nov 2012 description

In the early hours of Tuesday, 29 September 2009, as the people of Samoa went about the start of a new day, the serenity of that tropical island was violently shattered by an earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale. In a matter of minutes, successive tsunami waves of up to 15 meters in height rushed ashore causing widespread destruction.

Read the full story.

25 Oct 2012 description

Updated 25 October 2012, 12:35 AEST

How fast can a community rebuild from a disaster? Six months have passed since Fiji was devastated by floods, and three years since Samoa was hit by a tsunami.

Listen: UN inspects post-disaster recovery in Fiji and Samoa (Credit: ABC)

This week, UN experts are visiting both countries to assess building efforts.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

06 Sep 2012 description
report Government of Tonga

5 September 2012 The Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano and Minister for Revenue Services and Member of Parliament for the Niua constituency, Hon. Sosefo Fe‘aomoeata Vakata today handed over 39 houses to the people of Niuatoputapu in Tonga whose homes were destroyed by the 2009 tsunami.

15 May 2012 description

By Rob Tranter, First Assistant Director General, Pacific Division, AusAID

Two and a half years ago in September 2009, the Tavana family from Saleaumua village in Samoa saw their entire life swept away by one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the small Pacific nation.

I remember being at the Crisis Centre in Canberra as news of an earthquake that had just struck off the coast of Samoa came flooding in. The 8.3 magnitude quake triggered a huge tsunami that ripped through the southern Samoan island of Upolu.

30 Apr 2012 description

The non-government organisation Habitat for Humanity has begun a project which it hopes will see it become the lead aid agency when providing emergency shelter and housing in the Pacific region.

In 2009, after the Samoa Tsunami wiped out villages along the country's South coast, Habitat's volunteers were amongst those helping with the rebuilding effort.

Now it wants to use that on-the-job experience to provide quick shelter for those who might be affected by future disasters.

Presenter: Pacific Correspondent, Campbell Cooney

03 Apr 2012 description
report World Bank

In Sydney: Laura Keenan, lkeenan@worldbank.org, +61 2 9235 6547

Samoa, March 23, 2012 - During her first visit to the Pacific as World Bank Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, Pamela Cox met today with people affected by the 2009 tsunami in Samoa, and emphasized the need for Pacific Island countries to act today to prepare for tomorrow in managing risks from natural disasters and external economic shocks.

26 Mar 2012 description
report World Bank

In June 2009 Samoa was the set for the popular TV program Survivor. It was a fantastic choice. It is one of those picture-perfect places–shady palms, trees dripping with fruit, blossoming hibiscus, all framed by powder sand beaches. It is a vastly understated paradise.

A few months later, the country was once again centre stage. This time for something utterly distressing and heart-breaking as the country embarked on the harrowing search for real life survivors after they were struck by a powerful tsunami on 29 September 2009.