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progression of Tonga volcano
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — There is significant damage to the western coast of Tonga's main island of Tongatapu. The New Zealand High Commission says the damage is centered along the western coast, where there are many resorts, and the waterfront of the capital, Nuku'alofa. A thick layer of ash...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu HI at 11:00 am sst Sunday,  Jan 16, 2022 has cancelled the tsunami advisory for American Samoa. During the advisory period sea level readings at pago pago harbor registered a wave with an amplitude of 36 cm, exceeding...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu issued the following advisory shortly before 9a.m. this morning for American Samoa: The sea level readings at Pago Pago harbor registered a wave with an amplitude of 36 cm, exceeding advisory level of 30 cm. This might be from...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A school bus driver was arrested when police officers pulled over the school bus he was driving after a student inside the bus called his father’s cell phone and informed him that the driver was speeding and would swerve the vehicle from time to time. The driver, Joseph...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Samoan man, with a criminal history and who resides in Alaska was sentenced last Friday by the federal court in Anchorage to 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release “for being a felon in possession of a firearm.” According to court documents, on July...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has closed the inspection and investigation into an industrial accident last year at the Port of Pago Pago that claimed the lives of two male employees of Peter E. Reid Stevedoring after a final penalty of just...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Biden-Harris Administration announced last Friday that due to passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), American Samoa has received a record $651,226 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) available this fiscal year. As part of a...
This satellite image of Tonga volcano eruption
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The volcano that erupted in Tonga and caused rumbling sounds, and coastal inundation in American Samoa overnight continues to remain active. The National Weather Service Pago Pago is advising Am Samoa residents who live along the coasts, please be cautious near...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The U.S. Supreme Court decision yesterday halted the implementation of a U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccination rule, which applies to businesses with at least 100 workers. A U.S. Labor Department official last week confirmed to Samoa News...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While a detailed report on American Samoa’s 2021 COVID-19 Task Force Operation is still to come, the Governor’s State of the Territory Comprehensive Report states that more than $33 million in local and federal funds were used for the “Repatriation, Quarantine and...

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