All 35 Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Samoa are safe and accounted for after a large earthquake near Samoa triggered tsunamis in the area. Peace Corps leadership in Washington, DC remains in constant communication with Peace Corps staff in Samoa and will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. At this time, volunteers have been asked to remain in their host communities unless otherwise directed.
The scene of devastation in Pago Pago village, on American Samoa Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009. A powerful quake in the South Pacific hurled massive tsunami waves at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and sweeping cars and people back out to sea while leaving many dead and dozens missing. AP Photo/Ausage Fausia