Vaipoa is one of three villages on the island of Niuatoputapu in Tonga.[1]

The other two villages on Niuatoputapu are Falehau and Hihifo, the main village on the island.

Niuatoputapu was extensively damaged in the 2009 Samoa earthquake and tsunami[2] with a number of fatalities.[3]

The tsunami followed an earthquake of an 8.0 Mw earthquake in the Samoan Islands region at 06:48:11 local time on 29 September 2009 (17:48:11 UTC).[4]


  1. "ENVIRONEMNTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT" The World Bank. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  2. L.A. Times aerial photo
  4. Magnitude 8.0 - SAMOA ISLANDS REGION Report on U.S. Geological Service's website. Retrieved online d.d. 5 October 2009.

Coordinates: 15°57′S 173°45′W / 15.950°S 173.750°W / -15.950; -173.750

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