A tsunami has hit Samoa following this morning's magnatude 8.3 earthquake.
Three children are reported to have died and houses have been flattened.
Russell Hunter, a journalist with the Samoa Observer, says he has been told of deaths.
"There doesn't seem to be any damage around the capital although we are told that tehre have been deaths an the other side of the island as a result of the following tsunami, so far we are told three children on the other side of the island."
Journalist Russell Hunter.