30 Sep 2009

Tsunami generated in Pacific following quake off American Samoa

8:22 am on 30 September 2009

A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Pacific which struck off American Samoa has generated a tsunami.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated in the Pacific.

The Center earlier said a tsunami warning had been issued for American Samoa, and other Pacific countries including Samoa, New Zealand, Niue, Wallis-Futuna, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Kermadec Islands, Fiji, Kermadec Islands, French Polynesia, Howland-Baker, Jarvis Island, and Palmyrais Island.

A tsunami watch was in effect for Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Johnston Island, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Wake Island, Pitcairn and Midway Island

The epicenter of the quake was located 190 km southwest of American Samoa.