Earthquake hits near Samoa

A strong earthquake near Samoa triggered a tsunami Thursday, but quake experts said the waves were not close enough to land to cause damage.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 28, 2006


Emergency workers had to get around in boats after flooding inundated downtown Rushford.
Credit: Fillmore County Emergency Management

A strong earthquake near Samoa triggered a tsunami Thursday, but quake experts said the waves were not close enough to land to cause damage.

The quake - magnitude 6.7 - was centered 185 miles southwest of Pago Pago, and was 27 miles beneath the sea floor. If the temblor had been closer to land, the tsunami would have been destructive, experts said. A quake of that magnitude would need to be about 60 miles from a coastline to generate a tsunami that would cause damage.

Samoan residents reported they could feel the quake but there was no damage reported. The small island chain is located midway between New Zealand and Hawaii.


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