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Sept. 30, 2009 - A 8.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that has caused about 100 deaths and left dozens injured in the tropical islands of Samoa and American Samoa.
The Samoan Center for Disaster Management officially reported 75 deaths but said that the final death toll could be above 100.
Police in American Samoa, a territory that belongs to the U.S. has reported that at least 14 people were killed in that area of the archipelago.
The earthquake occurred yesterday at 6:48 local time (17:48 GMT), when many island residents were preparing to go to work and children going to school. In Samoa, 5 feet waves hit the shore in Apia, capital of the island, and up to 10 feet waves were recorded in other nearby areas.
In the following hours, up to 13 aftershocks above magnitude 5 shook again neighboring Samoa and Tonga in the South Pacific.
In American Samoa, with a total population of 250,000, the authorities have reported that many buildings in Pago Pago were destroyed or damaged, dozens of vehicles had fallen overboard, but the greatest damage occurred in areas on the east and south coasts, where are located some 70 small villages.
Obama has declared the territory a disaster area. "The president's decision will allow to provide federal aid to those affected in the American territory of Samoa", informed the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Craig Fugate.
FEMA has activated its National Coordinating Center to face the emergency, and has prepared the shipment of supplies to the affected population, including material and medical necessities.
Rescue services of the islands have begun to search for bodies and survivors, although the task is still difficult because much of the telecommunications system have been damaged.
A tsunami alert was declared in a large area of the Pacific Ocean including New Zealand, French Polynesia and Japan.
A small tsunami occurred in Japan's island of Hachijo, south of Tokyo, at 1300 local time (4.00 GMT), but did not cause damage, according Japanese authorities.Read »