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American Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami (September 2009)

Basic Facts:
  • American Samoa is a tiny U.S. territory that lies about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.
  • A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck 120 miles (190 km) off of the coast of American Samoa on September 29, 2009.
  • The quake is reported to have occurred 11.2 miles (18.0 km) below the ocean floor.
  • As a result of the earthquake a tsunami had been generated.
  • The tsunami has caused waves of 5.1 feet (1.57 metres) above normal sea level off American Samoa, according to reports from the Pacific Western Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.
  • There have been many casualties - at least 77 people were reported dead in Samoa, more than 25 in American Samoa and at least six in Tonga.

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