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September 2009 Blog Posts (33)

Death toll from South Pacific tsunami expected to rise

Last Updated: 1 hour 7 minutes ago

A boat that was washed inside a building in Pago Pago, American Samoa, after a tsunami struck the region on September 30, 2009. [AFP]

Water floods a street in American Samoa in the wake of an 8.3 earthquake off the coast of the island.… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 11:57pm — 1 Comment

Waves wash across Pago Pago airport

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:55am AEST

Dave Fiumaono, an airport supervisor at Pago Pago airport in American Samoa, experienced the earthquake while at home, and has arrived at work to find waves have swept across the runways at the airport.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Dave Fiumaono, airport supervisor at Pago Pago airport in American… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Australia and New Zealand asked to assist Samoan disaster victims

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated 5 hours 22 minutes ago

Medical supplies, personnel and other emergency relief equipment is what Samoa appears to need immediately following the earthquake and tsunami. The Samoa National Disaster Committee has met -- and has approached Australia and New Zealand for help. Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for International Assistance Bob McMullan told Radio… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 11:43pm — No Comments

Oxfam Australia ready to help with Samoan Disaster relief

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated 5 hours 20 minutes ago

International aid agency Oxfam says it is ready to respond to the tsunami disaster in Samoa if help is needed. Acting Executive Director of Oxfam Australia, Chris Roche, spoke with Kate McPherson about how aid agencies on the ground can respond.

Presenter: Kate McPherson

Speaker: Acting Executive Director of Oxfam… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Samoans in New Zealand worry about loved ones

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated 5 hours 18 minutes ago

When disasters like the earthquake and tsunami strike the Pacific, family members around the world immediately get on the phone to find out what's happened to their loved ones. More Samoans live overseas than in Samoa and American Samoa combined, so news of today's tsunami disaster has caused concern in the large Samoan communities in… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Apia a "ghost town" as tsunami shock sets in

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated 5 hours 15 minutes ago

The mood in Samoa is still one of shock, according to Russell Hunter, the editor of the Samoa Observer. He says damage reports are still coming in, but the capital, Apia, resembled a ghost town this morning, as residents evacuated to higher ground. Businesses and government offices were closed today, as people concentrated on taking… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Waves "as high as coconut trees"

News Talk ZB Auckland 30/09/2009 12:40:02

The death toll from the Samoan earthquake and tsunami is growing fast with the devastation at its worse on the southeast coast of the Western Samoan island Upolu.

A New Zealand man who has had been in touch with his family in Lalomanu has learned 40 people there have been killed by waves of up to six metres which struck the coast. In American… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

'The others were shouting 'tsunami' but we thought it's a joke'


September 30, 2009 - 12:51PM

Locals in Samoa have been told more than 100, and possibly "hundreds", may have been killed in the tsunami that hit the island this morning.

The confirmed death toll from the South Pacific earthquake and tsunami is at 36, with a minimum of 14 reported dead in both Samoa and American Samoa, according to the Red Cross and media reports.

But media in Samoa says the tsunami had… Continue

Added by koro on September 30, 2009 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Powerful earthquake, tsunami in Pacific: Samoa, American Samoa hit

Brisbane Courier Mail By staff writers and wires

September 30, 2009 06:44am

The No.1 on a map on the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre website shows the tsunami threat. / News Limited picture A POWERFUL 8.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in the Pacific, with reports of deaths after a tsunami hit Samoa and American Samoa.

The… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 9:25am — No Comments

Tsunami alert after 7.9-magnitude quake off Samoa

PressTV Tue, 29 Sep 2009 19:03:49 GMT

A major 7.9-magnitude quake near Samoa has prompted authorities to issue a tsunami warning for New Zealand and small Pacific islands.

The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake shook the waters about 120 miles (190 km) southwest of the remote Pacific islands at 1748 GMT on… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 9:18am — No Comments

Pacific Islands hit by a 4 meter Tsunami

Thaindian News

September 30th, 2009 - 2:42 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt -

Pago Pago, Sep 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS)

A massive earthquake struck the South Pacific on Wednesday morning, according to officials, generating a possibly destructive tsunami. Tsunami warnings are in effect, but there was no immediate word on… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 9:15am — No Comments

14 dead in American Samoa from quake, tsunami: report

(AFP) – 4 hours ago

This graphic provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows tsunami travel times

APIA — At least 14 people were reported killed in American Samoa following the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit the area early Tuesday, radio… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 9:10am — No Comments

Powerful Pacific earthquake triggers killer tsunami

At least 19 people have reportedly been killed in a tsunami that hit the South Pacific islands of Samoa and American Samoa.

And a number of Australians have been injured, the federal government said.

"The early reports don't suggest that any of them are very serious, but they are in hospital,'' parliamentary secretary for international development assistance Bob McMullan told Sky News.

All of them have been able to contact their own families directly and none of them… Continue

Added by koro on September 30, 2009 at 9:08am — No Comments

UNDP signs deal with Kiribati for climate fund roll-out


Updated Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:39am AEST

Aid donors are being asked to make sure funding for climate change programs is being used effectively. The United Nations Development program, UNDP, has signed an agreement with the government of Kiribati to assist with the coordination of mainstream environmental programs.

Often there is little follow-up from… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 9:07am — No Comments

Nauru rated as toughest opponents Publish date/time: 30/09/2009 [07:49]

Joe Vueti

The Fiji weightlifting team has rated Nauru as their toughest opponent when the competition for the Mini Games starts today.

Manueli Tulo and Joe Vueti will take part in their respective weight category.

Tulo is in the 56kg category and will… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 9:05am — No Comments

Nauru and Kiribati do airline deal for Fiji service

RADION NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL Posted at 03:11 on 29 September, 2009 UTC

Kiribati’s national flag carrier, Air Kiribati, and Our Airline of Nauru have agreed to run a charter flight service between Tarawa and Nadi in Fiji.

The link was lost in 2005, when the Nauru airline had its sole Boeing 737 repossessed for failing to meet loan payments.

The Kiribati Minister for… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 30, 2009 at 9:01am — No Comments

New lease of life for 33 - Nei Maya Telamarawa (Rabi Island)

FIJI DAILY POST - 25-Sep-2009

IT takes days to recover from an open heart surgery but the bravehearted patients proved - ‘if there is a will there is a way’.

The open heart surgery patients in recovery at Lautoka Hospital were all smiles when Miss Sugar City contestants came for a visit.

Despite having undergone major surgery only days before, the patients were in fine… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 25, 2009 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

Close encounter with a 30-tonne whale - Gold Coast Australia

by Greg Stolz Brisbane Courier Mail September 23, 2009 12:00am

HE'S one of Australia's top "watermen" - a champion board paddler, renowned big-wave surfer and veteran lifeguard.

But none of Jamie Mitchell's experience could prepare him for the shock of a humpback whale breaching next to him during a paddle off the Tweed… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 23, 2009 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Dust Storm now hitting Gold Coast Australia

By Stacey at Nature Pacific Pty Ltd, Gold Coast Australia.

Well what an experience it is to be completely engulfed in dust. One of the largest dust storm to ever hit Australia has now arrived on the Gold Coast.

It is now around lunchtime and our factory - Nature Pacific at Burleigh Heads is shrouded in dust. Even in a big factory like ours we have had to put additional covering over stock sitting on our packing shelf to keep the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 23, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Dust storm chokes Sydney Australia

Sydney ABC September 23, 2009, 9:09 am

Sydneysiders are being warned that a huge dust cloud will continue to affect the city through the day, after they woke to an eerie red dawn this morning.

The huge dust storm which has settled over the city and much of New South Wales was carried east overnight by gale-force winds of up to… Continue

Added by Stacey King on September 23, 2009 at 11:14am — No Comments

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