Samoa was hit harder than American Samoa, but damage is confined to one area. Another challenge will be convincing tourists – a major revenue source – to return.
One group of surfers rode out the massive waves that struck Samoa this week and killed 169 people. A woman whose two-day-old baby survived named her boy "Tsunami."
A second Indonesian earthquake struck near the city of Padang Thursday as the death toll rose to at least 529. Some residents, fearing aftershocks, sought safety outside despite monsoon rains.
The Samoa tsunami demonstrates a problem for early warning systems - massive waves crashed ashore before researchers could analyze the earthquake and sound the alarm. A second earthquake struck near Samoa Wednesday, where the death toll has topped 150.
As the US prepared to dispatch emergency relief to American Samoa, Australia and New Zealand focused their aid efforts on Samoa.
President Obama declared Tuesday's tsunami a 'major disaster' and dispatched aid to American Samoa. As many as 120 people may have died, and more tsunamis could hit.
Six players in Super Bowl XLIII have Polynesian heritage – a record number for the big game.
Together with earlier moves, 355,000 square miles of islands, reefs, and atolls now have new safeguards.
The president’s ambitious plan would conserve two large swaths of the Pacific.