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House Proceeding on Oct 14th, 2009 :: 1:36:40 to 1:38:35
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Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:36:36 to 1:36:56( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: we're fortunate to have you here, and i will work with you and other members of our caucus to ensure not only this support but all of t need that you have right there standing side by side. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from american samoa.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:36:40 to 1:38:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:36:57 to 1:37:18( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: mr. faleomavaega: mr. speaker, i yield myself one minute just to again express my sincere appreciation to the comments by my dear friend and colleague, congresswoman laura richardson. just to give my colleagues a sense of what took place. as i said earlier in my remarks, it was an earthq right on the fringe of the tonga trench. it's one of the two deepest trenches in the world.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:37:19 to 1:37:40( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: second only to the marianas trench. and when th at about -- almost 7:00 in the morning, it caused tremend for about three minutes. but the shock wave was traveling about 500 miles an hour. so there was no way that anybody could possibly prepare

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:37:41 to 1:38:01( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: for this disaster to occur because in a matter of minutes i've seen tidal waves before, and what happens is the water is totally sucked out of the shoreline from the reefs so you can anticipate the coming of the tidal wave. what made this disaster so different is the fact that the tremendousors occurred for

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:38:02 to 1:38:23( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: about three to five minutes and then five minutes later the tidal wave was up there 20 feet height coming to the many people that were so surprised and shocked that early mor at 7:00 when the tidal wave came in. so we're looking at two disasters. an earthquake that caused a lot of problems and then the tsunami.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

1:38:24 to 1:38:37( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: so there are two disasters that occurred at the same and i wanted to share that with my colleagues that this is what made a very unusual disaster was because there was no way that anybody could properly prepare for what was coming

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