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Disaster in the Heart of Polynesia

Samoa Earthquake
The Samoa earthquake was an 8.3 Mw earthquake which took place in the Samoan Islands region at 06:48:11 local time on September 29, 2009 (17:48:11 UTC, September 29).

Samoa Tsunami
Towering tsunami waves spawned by the powerful earthquake swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing  people and leaving many missing. [2]

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Ways To Help

The Donation Drive for the Help Samoa Disaster Relief Coalition ended on Friday, November 13, 2009. To date, with the help of your donations we've transported to the Samoas the equivalent of 21 20-foot cargo containers full to the brim with donated goods, from food and clothing to tools and medical supplies. Our partner non-profit, non-governmental organizations (Native American Samoa Advisory Council [NASAC] in American Samoa, and Samoa Umbrella of Non-Governmental Organizations [SUNGO] and Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association [PPSEAWA] in Samoa) are hard at work distributing the goods to those in greatest need.

Look for a complete report on all of the Coalition's collection and distribution efforts coming soon! For a list of ongoing relief efforts, please visit

The Coalition

The Help Samoa Disaster Relief Coalition for American Samoa and Samoa is a coalition of community-based organizations, businesses, church leaders, and community members from cities across the continental US whose purpose is to coordinate disaster relief efforts following the devastating tsunamis that hit the islands on September 29, 2009. The Coalition was formed under the National Office of Samoan Affairs, a 501c(3) non-profit based in Southern California.

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