Map of Samoa
|Area||1,125 km2 (434.4 sq mi)|
|Length||75 km (46.6 mi)|
|Largest city||Apia (pop. 58,800)|
|Population||134,400 (as of 2001)|
|Density||119.47 /km2 (309.43 /sq mi)|
|Ethnic groups||92.6% Samoans, 7% Euronesians (persons of European and Polynesian blood), 0.4% Europeans|
Upolu is an island in Samoa, formed by a massive basaltic shield volcano which rises from the seafloor of the western Pacific Ocean. The island is 75 kilometres (47 mi) long, 1,125 km2 (434 sq mi) in area, and is the second largest in geographic area as well as the most populated of the Samoan Islands. Upolu is situated to the east of the "big island", Savai'i. The capital Apia is in the middle of the north coast with Faleolo International Airport at the western end of the island. The island has not had any historically recorded eruptions, although three lava flows date back only a few hundred to a few thousand years.
In the late 19th century, Robert Louis Stevenson owned a four-hundred-acre (1.6 km²) estate at Vailima village and died there in 1894. He is buried at the top of Mount Vaea above his former home. The Vailima estate was purchased in 1900 as official residence for the German governor and, after British/Dominion confiscation, served successively as residence for the New Zealand administrator and for the Samoan head of state after independence.
The island was the filming location for Survivor: Samoa, the nineteenth season of the CBS competitive reality television series, as well as Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, the twentieth season of the series, Survivor: South Pacific, the twenty-third season of the series, and the twenty-fourth season, Survivor: One World.
2009 Samoa tsunami
The island of Upolu was affected by a tsunami region at 06:48:11 local time on 29 September 2009 (17:48:11 UTC). Twenty villages on Upolu's south side were reportedly destroyed, including Lepa, the home of Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. In Lepa, only the church and the village's welcome sign remained standing following the tsunami.
- Magnitude 8.0 - SAMOA ISLANDS REGION Report on U.S. Geological Service's website. Retrieved online d.d. 29 September 2009.
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- NZHERALD STAFF; NZPA, AP (September 30, 2009). "At least seven dead after quake, tsunami hit Samoa". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
- "Upolu". Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution. http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=0404-03-. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
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