Tuesday, September 29, 2009
8.3 Earthquake in American Somoa, Tsunami Warning issued in Pacific, 15 Foot Tidal Waves after 3 Minute Quake
7.9 quake hits South Pacific, tsunami alert issued
Updated 4m ago
APIA, Samoa (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake has struck in the South Pacific between Samoa and American Samoa. A tsunami alert has been issued for the region.
The temblor hit at 6:48 a.m. Tuesday midway between the two island groups. In the Samoan capital of Apia, families fled their homes amid severe shaking that lasted for up to three minutes. Local media reported people were fleeing to higher ground.
The USGS said the quake struck 20 miles below the ocean floor and was 120 miles from American Samoa and 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Samoa.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a general alert for the South Pacific region, from American Samoa to New Zealand.
USGS upgraded quake to 8.3, from initial 7.9 estimate (MSNBC Becker of Pacific Tsunami Warning Center) Tsunami waves have been detected in Somoa.Phone reports of cars moved in waters, and people evacuating to higher ground.
MN NYT update here that has more details about the quake and the Tsunami effects so far....More in Comments about Warning issued for California starting at 9PM their time.