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Strong quake triggers tsunami in Samoa

Scores dead in tsunami in Pacific islands

A powerful earthquake in the South Pacific hurled massive tsunami waves at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and sweeping cars and people out to sea, leaving at least 82 dead and dozens missing. Full story

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Scores dead in tsunami in Pacific islands

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Samoa, American Samoa at a glance

2009-09-30 08:00:10 GMT SINA.com Key facts on the Independent State of Samoa and the U.S. territory of American Samoa:

Earthquakes and Tsunamis: How they work

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