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Field survey of the Samoa tsunami of 29 September 2009

July 1, 2010

On 29 September 2009, a strong earthquake took place south of the Samoa Islands in the southcentral Pacific. It triggered a local tsunami, which caused considerable damage and 189 fatalities on the Samoa Islands and in the northern Tonga archipelago. We present here the results of a tsunami survey conducted by an International Tsunami Survey Team in the Samoa Islands on 4-10 October 2009 and in northern Tonga on 25–27 November 2009.

Publication Year 2010
Title Field survey of the Samoa tsunami of 29 September 2009
DOI 10.1785/gssrl.81.4.577
Authors Emile A. Okal, Hermann M. Fritz, Costas E. Synolakis, José C. Borrero, Robert Weiss, Patrick J. Lynett, Vasily V. Titov, Spyros Foteinis, Bruce E. Jaffe, Philip L-F. Liu, I-Chi Chan
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Seismological Research Letters
Index ID 70236331
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Pacific Science Center