International Tsunami Survey Team Samoa

The ITST-Samoa comprised (October 14-23) more than 60 scientists from seven counties, along with local expertise and participation from Government of Samoa scientists, Samoa Red Cross Society, and Samoa researchers, and non-government representatives.  A coordination team consisted of the Government of Samoa (GoS), SOPAC, UNESCO Apia, SOPAC, University of South Pacific, and ITIC, and was led by a chief scientist from Australia.  At the conclusion, the team provided a preliminary report of its multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral findings to the GoS.  Its success has set a benchmark for a coordinated ITST to support national early recovery efforts & tsunami research, and is a demonstration that working together can produce a much stronger and more valuable outcome than working alone.  Strong principles of professional conduct, mutual respect, collaboration, partnership, and concern for affected community welfare were embedded in the ITST-Samoa work plan.




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Featured Resources

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Regional Disaster Information Center (Latin America & the Caribbean)

A database of Spanish language materials focused on tsunami preparedness.
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Post-Tsunami Survey:
El Salvador Summary Video

Learn the basics of a post-tsunami survey.

TsunamiTeacher USA
Tsunami Basics

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Learn the basics of tsunamis. Available in English and Samoan.

Tsunamis on the Move

Tsunami Awareness Poster

Awareness poster available in English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Singalese.


Global Hazard Maps

Posters of Tsunami Sources, Significant Earthquakes and Significant Volcanic Eruptions. Also Tsunami Sources Icosohedron Globe.

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Tsunami, The Great Waves

Available in English, Spanish, French and Chinese.


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Tsunami Glossary

Available in English, Arabic, Spanish, French and Bahasa. 



Where the First Wave Arrives in Minutes

Available in English, Bahasa, Spanish and French.


DVD copies for PC and Macintosh computers are available free of charge from the ITIC, Hawaii (

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