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Samoa Tsunami: Smoking ruins of Taufua

Taufua Beach Fales. Lalomanu, Samoa.

The smoking ruins of the Taufua Beach Fales. It's hard to believe this was an idyllic palm studded beach with private fale cabins a couple days ago. There is nothing left now. Personal effects, including luggage, suntan oil, swim fins, waterlogged photographs, laptops and clothing still litter the beach 4 days after the wave struck.

Update: February 11, 2010.  The fales are being rebuilt and are open again!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aleipata-Samoa/Taufua-Beach-Fales/274691898784?v=wall. Photo © copyright by Michael Anderson.

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