Tsunami waves ripped across islands of the South Pacific, wiping out several villages and killing at least 34 people in Samoa and American Samoa, with the number of dead expected to escalate as more bodies are found.
The tsunami followed a massive earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, that struck about 120 miles off the Samoan coast at 6:48 a.m. local time Tuesday.
Large swells began rolling into populated areas soon afterward, sweeping some people and cars out to sea, demolishing buildings Read more at WSJ
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Obama Declares American Samoa Disaster Releases Aid
From @BreakingNews, Obama declares the area a disaster, making aid available.