This was the main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, American Samoa. A towering 15-foot tsunami triggered by a massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake swept ashore on American Samoa and the neighboring independent Samoa, flattening villages and killing dozens of people. Many others are missing at devastated National Park Service facilities.
A Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued after the massive undersea quake struck near American Samoa. There were "reports of a small tsunami reaching New Zealand and rising sea levels in several South Pacific island nations," says the New York Times. Japan braced for a possible tsunami and small tsunami waves were sighted on the Hawaiian coast.
President Obama declared "a major disaster exists" in American Samoa. Luckily, supplies are pre-positioned in Hawaii, reports AFP.
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