U.S. Forces Assess Destruction After Tsunami in Pago Pago

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army National Guardsmen 1st Lt. Mike Kennedy drives through the tsunami-damaged areas of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. The tsunami struck the island Sept. 29, 2009. Members of the U.S. Army National Guard assigned to the 93rd Civil Support Team and U.S. Air National Guard, both in Hawaii, are participating in humanitarian relief efforts.  U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • American Samoans wear masks to protect themselves during post-tsunami clean-up efforts in Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S.  Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Carissa Maxson looks at the damage to Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. Maxson was on a patrol to assess damage caused by the recent tsunami. U.S.  Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • Many homes and businesses along the main road of Pago Pago, American Samoa, were left in ruins after the recent tsunami, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S.  Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • American Samoans try to make the best of a bad situation by barbecuing in front of what's left of their home in Pago Pago, American Samoa, a tsunami, Oct. 1, 2009.

 U.S.  Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • A section of shoreline on Pago Pago, American Samoa, has turned green as a result of contamination caused by a recent tsunami, Oct. 1, 2009.
 U.S.  Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • A boat sits on its side where it was tossed after being pulled out of the harbor by a tsunami, Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009.
 U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • An American Samoan takes a break from cleaning debris from the tsunami along the harbor shores of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • An American Samoan worker stands among trash and debris surveying where to begin post-tsunami clean-up work, Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • An American Samoan traffic policeman directs traffic through a crowded tsunami-damaged road along Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009.
 U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • U.S. Army National Guardsmen Sgt. 1st Class Eli Pantil sets up mobile communication in his vehicle before his team departs to assess damages caused by a recent tsunami, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • An American Samoan man looks over the tsunami-damaged harbor of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • The Seaside gas station, which sits near the shoreline of the Pago Pago Harbor in American Samoa, was damaged during a recent tsunami, Oct. 1, 2009.


 U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • American Samoans pick up the trash and debris left behind after a tsunami, Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • U.S. Air National Guard and 93rd Civil Support Team, U.S. Army National Guard personnel drive past homes and businesses left in ruins along the main road of Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009, after a tsunami. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • An American Samoan man stands and gazes at the destruction caused by a tsunamia while standing in front of a store along the main road of Pago Pago, American Samoa, on Oct. 1, 2009.
 U.S.  Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • A home's foundation, damaged by a tsunami, sits on an angle in Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1 , 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • A store front is blocked by trash and debris left in the wake of tsunami, Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • Two American Samoan children make their way home past a destroyed home destroyed by a recent tsunami, Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • A trash fire burns in the foreground as a car hangs off the side of a porch roof in Pago Pago, American Samoa, after a tsunami struck the island, Oct. 1, 2009.

 U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • A boat and trash sit in the front parking lot of a church in Pago Pago, American Samoa, Oct. 1, 2009, left there after a recent tsunami.
 U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young