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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Earthquake and Tsunami Warnings

What was reported as a 7.9 earthquake has now been upgraded to an 8 and word has just come out on news channels that the earthquake has generated a Tsunami. Officials are trying to determine which direction the Tsunami is heading.

A tsunami warning was posted for a swath of the South Pacific today after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck near Pago Pago, American Samoa, U.S. agencies reported.

The quake struck shortly before 7 a.m. local time about 122 miles (196 kilometers) from Pago Pago, said the U.S. Geological Survey. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said warnings for tsunami activity were posted for Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa and a half-dozen other island nations.

Phone calls to the office of the governor of American Samoa weren’t immediately answered.

Again, that 7.9 has been now upgraded to an 8.3.

Reports are saying "some damage, but nothing serious", according to Fox, from initial reports.

Keep your eye on the National Weather Center, Hawaii is under watches.