Atlanta, GA 9/30/2009 8:55:18 PM
News / Weather

Tsunami Hits Samoan Islands, 111 Killed

Tsunami waves triggered by an 8.0 earthquake hit the Samoan islands Tuesday, leaving at least 111 dead and villages destroyed.

At least 111 people are confirmed dead in Samoa but the death toll is expected to rise as rescuers continue searching through rubble. The casualties were found on the two main islands of Samoa, which has a population of about 220,000, and the U.S. island territory of American Samoa, which has a population of about 66,000.

At least 7 people are confirmed dead in Tonga. Three others were reported missing and four people are being treated for serious injuries.

Villages all across the islands were destroyed or completely submerged underwater.

Tuesday morning’s earthquake generated three separate tsunami waves, the largest measuring 5.1 feet from sea level.


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