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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Ring of Fire

Earthquakes off the coast of Sumatra and earthquakes off Samoa!

Just two years ago, I stayed in this open-air fale on Taufoa Beach at Lalomanu which I used to visit when I lived and worked in Samoa in 1978.

Yesterday a giant tsunami swept away this place and many others on the south-east coast of Upolu Island, including the new Seabreeze Resort at Paradise Cove which had opened in November 2007.

The Australian owners Wendy and Chris have just posted this message to their website:

"Please bear with us throughout this time after the tsunami. The resort has been destroyed, and we are currently unable to take any more bookings. For the people who have booked, we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible once electricity and internet has been restored, but we have no way of telling when this will be. Thank you for your patience throughout this terrible time, and we hope to be up and running again as soon as we possibly can."