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Tsunami hits South Pacific Islands

This from Al Jazeera:

Villages have been destroyed and deaths reported after a tsunami hit the South Pacific nations of American Samoa and Samoa.

Waves 1.57 metres higher than normal sea level hit Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, on Tuesday, the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre said.

Local radio in Pago Pago reported officials as saying at least 14 people had been killed across the country.

Holly Bundock, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region, said their local official in American Samoa had reported that at least four huge waves reaching up to 1.6km inland had caused a number deaths.

While Tuimalo Ahsam of National Radio in the Samoan capital of Apia told Al Jazeera that there had been at least four deaths confirmed by the national hospital.

“There has been a lot of damage, especially in the low-lying coastal villages,” he said.

Click here for the rest of the story: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/09/200992920937324470.html

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