Tisa's Barefoot Bar is not so much an actual bar as it is a collection of driftwood fashioned together into a beachfront oasis. And like the driftwood, patrons drift in to Tisa's and cling to its confines, because on American Samoa, there really is nowhere else to go.
When an earthquake-triggered tsunami cascaded into this tiny island in late September, the result was 34 lives lost and untold millions in property damage. But a CNN investigation to air on tonight's "AC 360" has uncovered an array of unsettling facts that point to a single conclusion: this natural disaster was in many ways a man-made tragedy.
Five days after a deadly earthquake and tsunami slammed into the Samoan Islands, burying parts of the islands under a sea of mud and debris, U.S. agencies continued Saturday helping residents dig out and providing relief to disaster victims.
Survivors of a deadly earthquake-triggered tsunami which hit the Samoan islands Tuesday have described how they watched the inrushing sea swallow up coastal towns and villages leaving devastation in its wake.
When an earthquake threatens to turn part of an ocean into fast-moving walls of water, tsunami warning scientists can do nothing for the first five minutes except wait for information. But within the next five minutes, they have to decide whether to issue a warning of danger.
Rescuers from New Zealand and the United States are scouring rough seas in the South Pacific near Samoa in search of two people and a fishing boat missing in the wake of so-called "super cyclone" Olaf.
A state of emergency has been declared in the Pacific island nations of Samoa and American Samoa as super-cyclone Olaf makes landfall, bringing sustained winds of 250 km/h (155 mph) and 15 meter (50 foot) waves.