October 1, 2009

Deadly Tsunami Sweeps South Pacific Islands, Quake Rocks Sumatra

A series of tsunamis slammed the Pacific island nations of American and Western Samoa on Wednesday following a major earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands.

Reuters reported that more than 100 people are believed killed, some washed out to sea. Villages were destroyed with hundreds injured.

Almost the same day, an earthquake struck off the Indonesian city of Padang on the coast of Sumatra island, damaging houses, bringing down bridges and starting fires, according to witnesses.

In Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, thousands of people were evacuated from high-rise buildings after tremors hit, following the Indonesia quake measuring a magnitude of 7.6.

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