In the context of Tropical Cyclone Evan, the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated twice to provide satellite-based emergency maps.

The first activation was initiated by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA for Samoa. Tropical Cyclone Evan struck Samoa on 13 December 2012, and made landfall as a Category 1 storm before intensifying to Category 3. The cyclone passed over Samoa for two days before moving on. At... read more

Publishing Date: 17/12/2012

NASA satellites have been monitoring Tropical Cyclone Evan and providing data to forecasters who expected the storm to intensify. On Dec. 13, Evan had grown from a tropical storm into a cyclone as NASA satellites observed cloud formation, height and temperature, and rainfall rates.

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite passed above intensifying tropical storm Evan in the South Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11, 2012 at 1759... read more

Publishing Date: 14/12/2012


A tsunami following an earthquake in the Pacific Ocean off has caused some deaths in American Samoa , but there is no word of how many died, an official for the U.S. National Park Service said on Tuesday.

Holly Bundock, spokeswoman for the National Park Service's Pacific West Region in Oakland, California, quoted Mike Reynolds, superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa, as saying there had been some deaths.



SpaceAid - Available Space-based Information for:
Samoa and American Samoa - Tsunami - 29 Sept 2009

Status Updated 13/10/2009

David Stevens
Focal Point: ( spaceaid (at) )

Available maps:

International Charter:
Activated 30/09/2009
Project Manager: Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
Charter Requestor :UNOOSA on behalf of UNOCHA/Pacific
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