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Map of Niuatoputapu Island

Hihifo is the main village on the island of Niuatoputapu in Tonga. Hihifo (which means 'west' in the Tongan language) is situated on the west side of Niuatoputapu and is the main centre for public and government facilities for the island residents, with a post office and police station. The other two villages on Niuatoputapu are Falehau and Vaipoa.


Hihifo was extensively damaged in the 2009 Samoa earthquake and tsunami with a number of fatalities.[1] The tsunami followed an 8.0 Mw earthquake in the Samoan Islands region at 06:48:11 local time on September 29, 2009 (17:48:11 UTC).[2]


  1. ^ Scores dead after Pacific tsunami, Al Jazeera, September 30, 2009 
  2. ^ Magnitude 8.0 - SAMOA ISLANDS REGION Report on U.S. Geological Service's website. Retrieved online d.d. September 29, 2009.

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Coordinates: 15°57′S 134°47′W / 15.950°S 134.783°W / -15.950; -134.783