The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves 1.57 metres tall hit American Samoa, while 0.7 metre waves were recorded in Samoa. Russell Hunter, a journalist with the Samoa Observer, says the quake lasted a minute-and-a-half. "So we ran out, as we stood around in the middle of the road we saw the building swaying quite a lot. | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has now downgraded its Pacific-wide warning. Two Royal Australian Air Force Hercules aircraft are also ready to leave to take extra aid. The general manager of Southseas Broadcasting, Joey Cummings, said cars were swept out to sea and the water reached the second floor of the Pago Plaza building in the American Samoa capital Pago Pago. "But mainly a lot of houses in the villages on the coastal areas have been flattened by the waves.". By Campbell Cooney and Kerrie Ritchie. MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Oct. 1, 2009) – The death toll from a massive South Pacific earthquake and tsunami continues to rise. "The reports from Australians suggest it was a very frightening event for people, both the extent of the earthquake and the impact of the tsunami, and we are now having to make very rapid contact with everybody.".
But fears of a major tsunami hitting New Zealand do not appear to have eventuated, with the latest reports from the country's east coast saying the tsunami was only 40cm high on impact. Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Pago Pago, American Samoa. The tsunami, caused by an 8.3 magnitude earthquake which struck 200 kilometres off the coast of American Samoa, reportedly created waves metres high that hit American Samoa's capital Pago Pago. Pacific Islands Report is a nonprofit news publication of the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. "We've got reports from the south-eastern side of the main island, where houses have been completely flattened, vehicles have been swept out to sea, boulders that have fallen of the mountain along the coastal areas," she said. A cabinet meeting to discuss the government's response has been scheduled for 10 am local time. Mr McMullan says a number of Australians have been injured but they have all received appropriate treatment and are stable. New Zealander Hamish Nead was out surfing when the tsunami hit. In its preliminary earthquake report, the US Geological Survey put the epicentre 204 kilometres south-south-west of Samoa's capital Apia and at a depth of 85 kilometres. "I thought that the men were rattling the weights a little bit too loudly, but it turned out to be quite a big earthquake," she said. [PIR editor’s note: Radio Australia today reported an estimate of 140 dead among the three island entities. The tsunami waves measuring 4.5m at peak first arrived at Pago Pago, American Samoa approximately 250 km from earthquake epicenter. "There doesn't seem to be any damage around the capital. Hospital workers and officials early this morning said now say at least 113 people are dead. He says the aerial surveillance team sent to the remote island could not land, because of severe flooding. Many families are spending Wednesday night on higher ground huddled together. It was not immediately clear if this was the same quake and the USGS's website did not provide exact details of its location.
New Zealand Samoan Community leader Peter Skelton plead for his brother to contact him during an interview on Radio Australia. Victoria has recorded an 11th straight day of no new COVID-19 cases or deaths, Follow our live coverage of the US election aftermath, Correspondent Kerri Ritchie and reporters. Mr Rees said he thought the guests had very little warning. Disclaimer: Solomon Times Online may edit or delete your comment and cannot guarantee that all submissions will be published or remain online. He says the reef was sucked dry in front of his eyes. US President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in American Samoa which frees up federal funds for disaster relief and other aid. | Phone: 808.944.7111. The centre later said an 8.3 magnitude quake had been recorded at a depth of 33 kilometres. There are also reports that seven Australians are in hospital although Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance Bob McMullan says all the injured Australians have received appropriate treatment and are stable.
At least 14 people have been reported dead in American Samoa and at least five in Samoa.
The tsunami was generated by a magnitude-8.3 earthquake which struck 190 kilometres southwest of American Samoa this morning. "Currently it's been announced on the radio, from the emergency operating centre ... that there's been 14 reported deaths so far and six of them are here in my village," he said. Rescue operations in the Pacific have now turned to grim recovery efforts in the wake of Wednesday's devastating tsunami. Australians worried about friends or relatives in Samoa or American Samoa can telephone the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hotline on 1300 555 135 (Australia only). Source: AFP/Ardie Roque . The USA's Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre had earlier issued a tsunami warning for a large swathe of the South Pacific including Fiji, New Zealand and Tonga after the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 7.9 magnitude quake. Effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Meanwhile, Australia and New Zealand are preparing to fly medical supplies to Samoa and American Samoa, as local emergency services struggle with the scale of the disaster. The comments expressed on these page are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solomon Times Online. But senior meteorologist Tony Leggett says the New South Wales and Southern Queensland coastline could experience some unusual currents later this morning. I'm assuming if dad's injured and there are people missing it was pretty quick," he said. The number of confirmed deaths resulting from the tsunami that swept parts of American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga has increased as reports continue to come in of casualties.
DFAT says Australians who are concerned about friends or relatives in the region can call a special hotline on 1300 555 135. "They haven't returned their calls," he said. ].
Olga Keil, a journalist working in Samoa, described the damage. Many more people are reported to have been washed out to sea and there are reports that villages have been completely wiped out. He says everything happened like lightning and there wasn't time to run. "They were driving on the road and as the earthquake erupted the road was cut in half ... the people were seen being thrown off the car as the earthquake erupted," she said. Reports said the tsunami flattened houses and swept away cars. There are also fears for the fate of the island communities between Samoa and New Zealand, with three-metre waves reported from the area.
The number of confirmed deaths resulting from the tsunami that swept parts of American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga has increased as reports continue to come in of casualties. Share Thursday, 01 October 2009 05:00 AM.
A brief statement issued by the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre, operated by the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia, said no Australian territory would be hit by the tsunami.
The tsunami, which resulted from an earthquake of about … A spokesman for New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says the minister's office has received reports of five people dead in Samoa and "many more washed out to sea". This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Oct. 1, 2009) – The death toll from a massive South Pacific earthquake and tsunami continues to rise. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said … Vincent Ilui from the village of Leone in American Samoa says the tsunami struck so quickly some people were drenched when they arrived on higher ground. Solomon Islands News - Be the First to Know, Participate. The USGS said the region was struck by a 5.6 magnitude quake about 20 minutes after the first.
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