|Maasai warriors leading their cattle to market.|
American Samoa Tsunami E-mails: On 29 September 2009 a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck just off the coast of Samoa. This generated a tsunami which killed nearly 200 people, mostly children, in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga. At the time I was in Atlanta helping with disaster relief for a flood but I left within a few hours of hearing about the tsunami and arrived in American Samoa after 52 hours in airports and airplanes. I was assigned as the Mass Care Chief for the American Red Cross. Here are some e-mails I sent home in which I wrote about my experiences. These were subsequently published by the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.
• Another Earthquake - 10 October
• A Samoan Breakfast - 11 October
• Going Native at the Hotel California - 14 October
• How To Get Donations The Hard Way - 15 October
• No Laundry For You! - 18 October
• Disaster Supplies - 21 October
• How Not To Wear A Lava Lava - 24 October
• A New Village - 26 October
• A Final E-mail - 27 October
This is a response I wrote to a journalist some months after my return from American Samoa.
This is a remembrance I wrote about a fire in northern California near Chico in 2008
These are remembrances of my trip to visit my brother and his wife in Moshi, Tanzania in July 2009
Remembrances of a Submarine Sailor
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