Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Earthquake & Tsunami strikes American Samoa

An earthquake triggers tsunami, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn about 20 miles below the ocean floor, 120 miles (190 kilometers) from American Samoa, a U.S. territory that is home to 65,000 people, and 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Samoa.

An unspecified number of fatalities and injuries were reported in the Samoan village of Talamoa. Mase Akapo, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in American Samoa, said at least 14 people were killed in four different villages on the main island of Tutuila, while 20 people died neighboring Samoa. The initial quake was followed by at three aftershocks of at least 5.6 magnitude.

"It was very quick. Three or four villages on the popular tourist coast near the southern town of Lalomanu on Samoa's main island of Upolu had been "wiped out" by waves that roared ashore early Wednesday.


ARO GERALDES on October 2, 2009 at 2:36 PM said...

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If you know one, please, write me to contact him. I want to write a history about your football for my site.
My support for all victims of the tsunami.
Best regards from Buenos Aires
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