Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Samoan Tsunami - Not Good News, But it Could Have Been Worse

"Scores dead, villages flattened in devastating Samoan tsunami"
CNN (September 30, 2009)

"Survivors of a deadly earthquake-triggered tsunami which hit the Samoan islands Tuesday have described how they watched the inrushing sea swallow up coastal towns and villages leaving devastation in its wake.

"At least 111 people are confirmed killed in Samoa, neighboring American Samoa and Tonga. But officials in the Polynesia region have expressed fears the toll will rise as rescue workers struggle to reach outlying villages submerged and flattened by the wave...."

(from Alden Tagarino, via iReport, via CNN, used w/o permission)
Pago Pago: They're not having a good day there.

The Lemming is generally more upbeat than this post: but folks in part of the south Pacific aren't having a good day. At all.

From the looks of it, a magnitude 8.0 or thereabouts earthquake set off a series of tsunamis, which in turn did most of the damage. The good news is that the highest tsunami was just over five feet tall - under the initial estimates.

There's going to be a lot more about this in the news - and I don't, at present, plan to follow this event.

However, I do have a suggestion for anyone who's not in a position to pitch in and help survivors directly.

(Anybody who gets creepy-crawlies up and down their back whenever religion is mentioned: you'd better stop reading here.)

Praying in behalf of people who went through this catastrophe couldn't hurt: and it might even help. Just a thought.

I'll admit that I've got a slight bias, when it comes to places like Pago Pago. I discussed that last year, in another blog.

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