posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 05:50 AM
The news are few, as this is happening. The quake is reported to have taken place at 6:22 GMT 185 miles south-west of Samoa in a region that includes
Niue,Tonga, Rarotonga and several other smaller islands. For the Pacific islands in the area, a tsunami threat is imminent. At the time writing less
than 3 hours after it was reported, there are no news of any damage. The warning was issued by The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Hawaii at 7:19
The quake struck some 300km (185 miles) south-west of Samoa. Waves of 8cm (3.1 inches) high were reported in the American Samoan town of Pago Pago.
One policeman in the capital Apia said buildings swayed and shook for about five minutes, but there was no damage or casualties.
"It was not so strong," he told the Associated Press.
The Hawaii-based warning centre said the tsunami "may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicentre".
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This seems in no way to be not near the Boxing Day tsunami of the Indian Ocean. Let's hope so, but it might be too early to evaluate. Tsunamies in
the Pacific are common, and often don't get the attention they deserve, as the region is remote and only sparsely populated.
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[edit on 28/9/06 by khunmoon]