Towering tsunami wave hits American Samoa

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Posted: Sep 29, 2009 8:03 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Sep 29, 2009 8:33 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: tsunami, earthquake

A towering wave of water called a tsunami roared across parts of American Samoa and Samoa flattening trees, flooding streets and killed at least 34 people. It was spawned by an underwater earthquake of between 8.0 and 8.3 magnitude about 20 miles deep on the Pacific Ocean floor. Reports indicate cars and people were swept out to sea as people tried to flee to higher ground. American Samoa is a U.S. territory that's home to 65,000 people and about 125 miles from Samoa. Witnesses say four tsunami waves of 15 to 20 feet higher swept across American Samoa, reaching up to one mile inland. Japan also issued a tsunami warning along that country's eastern coast.

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