Samoa Earthquake Causes Tsunami; Dozens of People Reported Dead, President Obama Declares Disaster (VIDEO, PICTURES)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 |

Morning of September 30, 2009 a Tsunami struck American Samoa. Many are homeless and entire villages destroyed. 85 people confirmed dead but body count still rising as of the moment and feared that numbers may reach to the 100s. Rescue Teams are still trying to reach Isolated Villages. The damage emcompasses American Samoa and Tonga regions at most.

The magnitude-8.0 earthquake that caused the tsunami struck at around 7 am local time (6 pm GMT) on 29 September, 196 kilometres south of Apia, the Samoan capital, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake was followed by 14 aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 or higher, but it appears these did not generate significant waves.