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Originally posted by lernmore
Originally posted by Phlynx
There have been 4 4.9-5.0 ones in the area in the last ten minutes. If you have Firefox download Equake. It shakes the screen according to the earthquake size, and tells you the size and location at the bottom.
Equake will also shake your screen whenever one has been upgraded or downgraded. Sometimes it will shake 2-3 times for one earthquake as they adjust the magnitude.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
reply to post by RoofMonkey
Does that mean DC, NY, Boston London, Rome, etc as potential hot spots for other natural disasters?
Or just (north of) central Africa?
[edit on 29/9/2009 by kosmicjack]
From Mike Purchase, whose ex-wife and kids are on holiday in Samoa: "I finally managed to talk to them after a stressful morning of no contact. They are at Aggie Grey's Lagoon on Upolu Island and appear to have avoided the worst of it.
The quake woke them this morning and they described it as the earth 'rolling'." Apparently one guest at the resort took a leadership role and ran around waking other guests and getting people to the reception area. Staff then took them in trucks to safety in the highest part of the resort. The sea receded substantially but it sounds like they avoided any surge on that part of the island.
New Zealanders John and Grace Winther are holidaying in Apia and told nzherald.co.nz sirens started going off shortly after this morning's earthquake.
They went outside but found everyone else staying at their hotel had already gone, so waved down a passing policeman who took them to a school on higher ground.
They later discovered the man who had assisted them was the assistant police commissioner.
Unconfirmed reports by the The Associated Press say that three or four villages on the popular tourist coast near Lalomanu on Samoa's main island of Upolu had been "wiped out" by waves that roared ashore.
Lyall Preston and a group of holidaymakers from Dargaville in Northland watched from higher ground as the tsunami hit their Sinalei resort located on Samoa's southern coastline.
The group then witnessed the bodies of three young children wash towards them. Speaking to Dargaville and Districts News, Collen Preston said her son found three little children dead. "He is just traumatised".
"My son noticed early this morning that the tide had gone right out so he organised for the group to run to higher ground and they watched as the tsunami hit."
Ms Preston believes the group were not warned that a tsunami was coming. "Most of the hotel they were staying at was washed away."