Tsunami Death Toll Reaches 99


Samoa and American Samoa are reeling after a strong pacific earthquake generated tsunami waves that killed at least 99 people.

Villages were flooded and flattened and authorities say dozens of people are missing.

Cars and people were swept out to sea by the fast-churning water as survivors fled to higher ground, where they remained huddled hours after the quake struck.

The quake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn Tuesday about 125 miles from Samoa, a South Pacific island nation of about 180,000 people located about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii.

Neighboring American Samoa is a U.S. territory of about 65,000 people.

Authorities say at least 63 people on Samoa and another 19 on American Samoa were killed and the toll is likely to go higher.

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  • by Jen Location: Kinston on Sep 30, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    Mira, what is the difference between New Orleans and American Samoa? They are all Americans.
  • by PUREBREAD on Sep 30, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Where or What web sight could I go to to find out how I can go over there and help with the clean up of this island.And to help the people? Does anyone out there know?
  • by TJ on Sep 30, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    What happened in New Orleans was the first day the helicopters went in there to help the looters started shooting at them.All they wanted to do is still what they could while they could.Think about it if a bunch of people are shooting at you wouldnt you be gun shy. These actions that they done is nothing but the nature of the beast!Any sane person would have stauled help to.But you know what I can assure you those people over thier are a lot more civilized and what happened in New Orleans will not happened over thier.
  • by mira Location: newport on Sep 30, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    gee they are moving pretty fast to help this area....what happend in new orleans??????????
  • by TJ on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    IF YOUR SAYING SURVIVER THIS DONE THE NETWORK JUSTICE.God what a bunch of wierdo freaks on that show.I feel for the people there though.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    wow...I dont see how anyone could be blamed for this! This is not a time to pass blame but to pray for the ones affected with this disaster! Too many times have I heard things being blamed where blame is not a solution. Grow up and realize things just happen!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2009 at 09:58 AM
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    Oh goodness, that is where the Survoir show was filmed this season. I pray for the area that was hit, that is sad.

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