One thing that becomes very clear in this Media7 story on Samoa, is how very badly the Samoan official response had been. It was fully ten minutes between the quake and the wave. An eight year old falangi running along the beach as the sea sucked out did more good than the entire governmental apparatus in saving lives.
And then there's the question of what comes next. What's to stop another tragedy from happening all over again?
So, seeing how naked the Samoans are to another tragedy, civil society once again is riding to the rescue. The newly established Project Heal and Protect Charitable Trust has been set up to rebuild and ensure the next wave causes less psychic trauma.
Madame Prawn has a hand in getting this thing going, so I expect damned fine accountability. Please donate to a very worthy humanitarian cause.