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An earthquake recording a magnitude of 8.0 struck in the Samoa Islands region, just south of Samoa’s capital, Apia. The impact
was felt in Samoa itself and American Samoa, a nearby US territory. The earthquake triggered a series of tsunamis that caused
significant property and casualty damage. Risk Management Solutions said both islands have many areas lying just a few feet
above sea level. In American Samoa, waves as high as 5.1 feet (1.6m) were recorded while tsunami wave heights peaked at 2.3
feet in Apia, although waves were reported to be up to 20 feet in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa. Smaller tsunamis
were reported further away in New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, California and Oregon, but damage and fatalities have been largely
confined to the Samoan islands.
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