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Learning from the victims: new physical and social science information about tsunamis from victims of the September 29, 2009 event in Samoa and American Samoa

Dudley, W.C. and Whitney, R. and Faasisila, Jackie and Fonolua, S. and Jowitt, Angela and Chan-Kau, M. (2011) Learning from the victims: new physical and social science information about tsunamis from victims of the September 29, 2009 event in Samoa and American Samoa. Earth- Science Reviews, 107 (1-2). pp. 201-206. ISSN 0012-8252

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Abstract

Thirty-one video interviews were carried out on the islands of Tutuila, American Samoa and Upolu, Samoa with survivors of, and responders to, the September 29, 2009 tsunami event. Those interviewed included local residents caught by the waves while attempting to flee to higher ground, those who intentionally ran into the water to save others, individuals who recognized the potential tsunami hazard due to the severity of the earthquake and attempted to warn others, aid workers, tourism managers, and others. The frank, often emotional, responses provide unfiltered insight into their level of understanding of the tsunami phenomenon, the level of preparedness of local residents, and challenges faced by aid workers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Divisions: Office of the DVC (ARC) > Alafua Campus
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 16:00
Last Modified: 07 May 2012 15:25
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/4545
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