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
the event.

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
in Tonga.


Sciarada said...

Ciao Ann,
I subscribe to remember!

rainfield61 said...

I managed to find a "good" day for my jogging session just now. It has been raining for the past 2 weeks in the evening.

George said...

It must have been very unsettling for the people of Samoa to have another earthquake on the anniversary of the tsunami.

Sylvia K said...

That is unsettling indeed, Ann! Hopefully, there won't be any more soon and that you'll be blessed with beautiful skies! Stay safe! Have a good weekend!


Anonymous said...

It's an unsettling feeling to even read about this unfortunate event to the Samoa people..

Your sky is truly grey..hopefully you will get a better one soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh Ann, the sunflower wasn't mine so I can't collect the seeds. It belonged to the park!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Oh how terrible, Ann... Those poor people of Samoa... For the earthquake to happen on the same day as last year's tsunami is frightening.... What a shame for them. My prayers are with the people in Samoa.

Unknown said...

A gray drizzling sky : (
It is just fall here in North America, but we are having a gray and drizzling sky today as well. Very gray.

Shoshi was a little boy that moved into our neighborhood a year ago. He was ten, the same age as Kaish, and he was from Bangladesh. He was a wonderful friend and he made our life richer and fuller. We greatly miss him.

Ginny Hartzler said...
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Ginny Hartzler said...

How strange about this new quake! So awful, I imagine people were scared that it would be happening again. I hope their lives can again have joy!

Mo said...

Natural disasters like this are terrible for everyone

B SQUARED said...

These tragic events seem to be increasing. I wonder why?

Elaine Yim said...

This is a sad reminder to the tsunami tragedy. Hope they will never have to go through another one.

EG CameraGirl said...

How unnerving! I'm sure it has been a very scary day for many!

NatureFootstep said...

I´m happy I was not there.

My slower is not a summer one as it is planted now. But I really don´t know.

Carver said...

That is scary having the earthquake on the anniversary of the tsnami. I hope beautiful weather is on the way.