Geomagnetic observatory Apia, Western Samoa

Operated by:

with support from:

Reconstruction and upgrade of API was partly supported by cooperative agreement G12AC20421 (2012-2013) between USGS and ETH Zurich  (A. Jackson).


  • 171°46'51.6" W, 13°48'54" S (Google Maps)
  • local contact: Lameko Talia (Lameko.Talia@mnre.gov.ws), +685 20855
  • address: Apia Observatory, Meteorology Division, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment (MNRE), P.O. Box 3020, Apia, Samoa


Data access


  • 2011/11 New instrumentation and variometer enclosures installed (Berarducci, USGS, Whitaker, GNS)
  • 2012/12 Storm damage
  • 2014/01 Damage to absolute roof hut
  • 2014/02 Temporary repair to roof (Jackson, ETH)
  • 2014/03  repair of heating in variometer hut (Whitaker, GNS)
  • 2014/05 Extensive upgrades to absolute hut (Berarducci, USGS), pillar measurements and tracing the noise source (Berarducci, USGS and Petersen, GNS)

Training provided to local observers

ETH Zurich has enabled training to be provided to the local observers as follows:

  • 2012 Me Sale
  • 2014 Tessa Tafua, Katie Pogi, Paseko

Presentations and posters

ETH Zurich has funded the following participations:

Local links