Tsunami waves left a boat perched next to the main highway in Fagatogo, American Samoa, on September 29, 2009. A magnitude 8.3 earthquake early Tuesday morning, local time, triggered massive waves that razed villages and killed dozens in the South Pacific islands of American Samoa, Samoa, and Tonga.
The death toll for the Samoan islands is around a hundred as of early September 30 and is expected to rise as relief workers search for people reported missing. Low-lying coastal areas on the islands are devastated, with reports of entire villages wiped out. U.S. federal aid officials say "tens of thousands" of people will need help, the Associated Press reported.