Following the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, a tsunami watch was initiated along the entire West Coast and out to Hawaii, Australia, Samoa and the territories. I emailed openly gay U.S. Ambassador David Huebner to see what was happening there and if and how we could help.
Huebner responded in three separate emails, strung together here.
Am in Samoa on my first official visit. Tsunami sirens went off at 4:00am. Govt evacuating the capital city and coastal villages. Have moved to higher ground along with everyone else. Making calls with Embassy staff to Peace Corps volunteers and other Americans in country to make sure they are aware and moving.