On September 29, 2009 earthquake took place in Samoa Island. Magnitude of the earthquake was 8.0 and many people lost their lives. Most of the people were killed by the monstrous waves that were generated by earthquake.
The earthquake resulted in tsunami. 3 separate waves were generated by it. The waves were very high. The highest wave was measured by 13.7 feet. Near the epicenter, 3-inch rise in sea level was recorded.
Countries hit by tsunami include Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga. High waves were recorded in Samoa.
Upolu is a capital of Samoa. Thousands of people were evacuated from their houses and shifted to higher places. According to local journalist
“All the schools, workplaces everyone has walked up – it’s like a ghost town.”
Fagaloa Bay on the east coast of Upolu, Lalomanu on the south east coast, and along the rest of the southern coast of the island were strongly affected areas. A hospital in Apia reported to receive 79 dead bodies. A village in Poutasi was badly affected. Boxer David Tua’s aunt was swept away with seawave. Power supply and telephone lines were damaged.
Prime minister and Deputy prime minister were in New Zealand. They were on official tour and scheduled to fly back. According to air port officials of Faleolo International Airport the runway was safe for flights.
Survivor was filmed on the island of Upolu and tsunami didn’t have direct effect on the program’s production. It is most wanted prime time TV program and having more than 2.5 million viewers. The program producer has a history of supporting charitable cause and relief operations.
Survivor: Samoa is scheduled to be on air in December. It is possible that due to tsunami the production becomes effective in rising fund for those affected by tsunami.