UPDATED NEWS: 8 LDS members are believed among fatalities of earthquake, tsunami in the Samoas   1 comment

8 LDS members are believed among fatalities of earthquake, tsunami in the Samoas

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

By Jason Swensen

Photo by Samoa Apia Mission President O. Vincent Haleck Jr.Church News staff writer
 

Eight members, including two children, were killed and two othershospitalized in the Samoan islands after a Sept. 29 magnitude 8.0 underseaquake triggered a deadly tsunami that wiped out several villages and sentresidents scrambling for high ground.

Photo by Elder and Sister Eves
Missionaries serving in Samoa Apia Mission who escaped tsunami by climbing a tree. Elder Elliott Miller is left.

Photo by Samoa Apia Mission President O. Vincent Haleck Jr.
Meetinghouse damage. Tsunami in Samoa.
 

Meanwhile, local priesthood leaders report that there are members whoremain unaccounted for. Communication has reportedly been spotty in someaffected areas because of damaged telephonelines.

Associated Press
People walk through debris following a powerful quake, in Pago Pago village, on American Samoa Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. 
 

All of the full-time missionaries assigned to the impacted areas in theSouth Pacific have been accounted for with the exception of two sistermissionaries serving in Tonga’s far north island, according to Lynn Samselof the Church’s Emergency Response office. Both sister missionaries arenative to the region. Contact had not been made because of the lack oftelephone service.

Photo by Samoa Apia Mission President O. Vincent Haleck Jr.
 

The Apia Samoa Temple suffered no structural damage following the quakeand subsequent tsunami — although the horn from the Angel Moronistatue atop the temple somehow snapped off and fell to theground.

Associated Press
A main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, American Samoa is flooded by water on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
 

Two meetinghouses on Samoan’s main island of Upolu reportedly sufferedsevere water damage. Meanwhile, flood water inundated the lower level ofthe Fa’aala stake center on the neighboring island of Savai’i.

Photo by Samoa Apia Mission President O. Vincent Haleck Jr.

Photo by Samoa Apia Mission President O. Vincent Haleck Jr.
Meetinghouse damage. Tsunami in Samoa.
 

Brother Samsel said local priesthood leaders are attending to the needsof the Samoan members. Meanwhile, Church headquarters is evaluating thesituation in the Samoan islands to determine the most appropriate response.The Church is also working with the American Red Cross, which is sending alarge contingent of emergency responders to theSamoas.

Associated Press
Peoplewalk among a scene of devastation following a powerful earthquake inPago Pago village, on American Samoa Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
 

The massive quake struck around dawn, as many residents were preparingfor work and getting their children ready for school, according to the NewYork Times News Service. Damage was expected to be heaviest in the southernparts of Samoa and in American Samoa.

Photo by Samoa Apia Mission President O. Vincent Haleck Jr.

Photo by Samoa Apia Mission President O. Vincent Haleck Jr.
 

The temblor originated below the ocean about 120 miles southwest ofAmerican Samoa and 125 miles south of Samoa. It was centered some 11 milesbelow the seabed, according to the U.S. GeologicalSurvey.

Photo by Samoa Apia Mission President O. Vincent Haleck Jr.
 

Local residents are said to be devastated by the extensive damage andloss of life caused by the earthquake/tsunami. One Church official in thearea said of the situation in the southern area of the Samoan island ofUpolu, “There was no adequate language to describe the devastation whichappears like a war zone.”

Associated Press
Devastation pictured following a powerful earthquake in American Samoa Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.
 

In all, there were 75 reported fatalities in American Samoa and Samoawith many more missing, according to Church Public Affairs. The extensivedamage in some villages has left thousands homeless.

LET US ALL PRAY FOR THEM BRETHREN!!
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Posted October 1, 2009 by rexfordgbeardsleyjr in Uncategorized

One response to “UPDATED NEWS: 8 LDS members are believed among fatalities of earthquake, tsunami in the Samoas

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  1. the earthquake and the tsunami damages is nobodys balme…we look at our own selves and ask "am i ready for the lords second coming?"i thank God for what he did because it is for our own benefit…i also thank for all of your prayers and faith in him…theres is so much to say but THANKS AND I LOVE GOD SAYS it all…may the good lord bless all of samoa and our families in need…

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