TSUNAMI PICTURES: Samoa, Tonga Hit by Deadly Waves

TSUNAMI PICTURES: Samoa, Tonga Hit by Deadly Waves
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September 30, 2009--A building lies in ruins in the village of Leone, American Samoa, yesterday after a tsunami swept over the South Pacific Island. The tsunami had been triggered by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake that struck around 6:40 a.m. local time. (See video of the tsunami aftermath in the Samoan islands and Tonga.)

Tsunami waves--some reportedly 15 feet (4.5 meters) tall--flattened villages and killed scores of people in American Samoa, a U.S. territory, and the independent island nation of Samoa (Samoa location on map). At least 34 and up to 120 people are feared dead across Samoa so far. Some tsunami-related deaths have also been reported on the neighboring islands of Tonga, according to the BBC.

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—Photograph by Raj Borsellino, Reuters
 
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