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Tsunami damage to National Park of American Samoa
« on: October 05, 2009, 02:09:17 PM »
Tsunami damage to National Park of American Samoa

The 7 a.m.  Tuesday, September 29th,  8.0 magnitude earthquake struck 120 miles from American Samoa,  U. S. territory with a population of approximately 65,000 people. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami that produced several large waves that destroyed the visitor center and offices of the National Park of Samoa.

All park employees and volunteers are accounted for and are safe. At least one employee's house and four employees' vehicles were destroyed by the tsunami. Fortunately, this event happened early enough in the day that most employees were not yet at work and were in areas of high ground that were unaffected by the wave impacts.

The few employees who were at the office were able to run to the safety of high ground, although most of them had to run through water to get there. The park visitor center and all contents, including the park's curatorial collections, were destroyed.

The extent of damage to park marine resources will not be known for some time. Undoubtedly there will be impacts to coral reefs and there will be significant amounts of debris in the water and along beaches. Most of the park terrestrial resources appear to be undamaged.

The NPS is mobilizing personnel and resources to aid in the recovery of the park.

National Park of American Samoa--tsunami forces employees to flee, destroys visitor center


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