Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Skywatch Friday: Remembering Samoa Tsunami
Today, our winter is back, a drizzling grey sky. I woke up to read this strange news. How uncanny is that. My grandfather used to tell us, there are spirits, the unhappy ones, to be more direct, they are Ghosts.
The photo shows the most of the trees are still barren. Last year, these Samoan boys were raising funds for the Tsunami. They are wearing their lava-lava.
APIA - An earthquake was felt today in Samoa almost at the same hour the
tsunami struck a year ago.
With a magnitude of 5.5 it was significantly less than the the 8.8
earthquake which caused the tsunami that Samoa is commemorating today.
The event today which lasted mere seconds occurred at 08.49am local time
(7.49am NZT) while survivors of the tsunami from last year were
preparing for commemorative services to remember those who perished.
According to the Europe Centre of Seismology the epicentre of the 40km
deep quake was 201km from South Siumu, which is one of the areas that
was severely hit by the tsunami last year.
Fortunately it did not last long although some locals were unsettled by
Thousands of Samoans are today remembering the 149 residents and
tourists killed in last year's tsunami, with services beginning early
this morning. Another 34 people were killed in American Samoa and nine