No longer Western?

October 9, 2009

Tsunami smashes Pacific islands, over 100 feared dead

SYDNEY, Sept 30 (Reuters) – A series of tsunamis smashed into the Pacific island nations of American and Western Samoa killing possibly more than 100 people, some washed out to sea, destroying villages and injuring hundreds, officials said on Wednesday.

Several of your articles about the tsunami refer to “Western Samoa.”

This name is no longer in use. The correct name of the nation is simply “Samoa.” Your own FACTBOX page (linked from the main story) even mentions this!


It seems something of a mystery why our style during this running saga has switched back and forth between Samoa and Western Samoa for stories, photo captions and graphics. The style is under review, and we will settle on one. Watch this space: GBU Editor

A dog walks past a propped up road sign in the tsunami-damaged village of Vaigalu on the southern coast of Western Samoa September 30, 2009.  REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

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I would like to see “Boys in the Band” and also “September Affair” with Joan Fontaine and Joseph Cotten.

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