The official website for Survivor Palau is up at CBS.com. Right now there's only a couple of photos and videos, one of which is an interview with Jeff Probst. It also confirms a start date of February.
I'm not going to make any judgements until the actual announcement on TES (at least)...but if you go read some of the contestants' background stories on the Survivor Sucks forum, some of them (Jolanda, Gregg, Tom, and Wanda) seem kind of interesting.
I don't agree that the show needs to end (at least not until I get on...) but they should do better casting. From what I understand, a lot of people from S4, S5, S6 and S9 were all put on the show after SEG employees found them in bars/clubs and liked their look. It's disappointing that they do this rather than use the applications of people who really want to play the game.
It was not. The tsunami was in the Indian Ocean to the west and north of Sumatra (westernmost part of Indonesia). Palau is in the Pacific east of the Phillippines—it is in what is generally known as Micronesia. I can’t remember its political status, but it used to be loosely administered by the US.