As you all know there was an 8.3 magnitude earthquake that triggered a deadly tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa. The destruction was thorough and complete in the areas that the wave hit. In some places the tsunami’s wave was over 30 feet high. In total 34 people from American Samoa and another 119 from Samoa lost their lives. Needless to say this even impacted the lives of everyone on island.
In an attempt to help groups of us went out and helped remove debris, one truck full at a time, from areas that the the heavy equipment could not reach. We distributed water, food, clothing, school supplies and generally just gave support to people that needed it. Additionally, members of the local bar association volunteered to aid individuals with various legal issues. It is hard for me to express this event in words, so I have included a very limited number of photographs of the devastation caused by this tragic event. A Friend took this photo from his apartment when the wave hit Pago Pago.
The pala in Leone
A Co-worker’s home