Wed, September 30, 2009
World > Asia-Pacific > Strong quake triggers tsunami in Samoa

2 S Koreans killed in Samoa earthquake, one missing

2009-09-30 02:18:03 GMT2009-09-30 10:18:03 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Two South Koreans were killed and another went missing after a strong earthquake struck off the U.S. Pacific island of American Samoa on early Wednesday, South Korean Foreign Ministry said.

The victims were a 62-year-old fisherman and a woman in her 40s, a Foreign Ministry official told local media, citing the information from the country's embassy in New Zealand. The woman's seven-year-old daughter went missing, he added.

The official said the death toll is an initial figure, and the South Korean diplomats are making more efforts to find out whether there were more fatalities.

There are 234 South Korean residents in American Samoa, but no South Korean resides in Samoa, according to the official.

A strong earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck the Pacific island nation of Samoa and the U.S. Pacific island of American Samoa on early Wednesday, killing at least 19 and 14 people respectively.

The quake, which occurred at 6:48 a.m. Samoa local time (1748 GMT Tuesday), was centered 195 km south of the Samoa capital of Apia with a depth of 18 km.

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