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No California tsunami warning from magnitude 7.9 American Samoa earthquake

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck in Pacific Ocean near American Samoa today, but officials have not issued a tsunami warning for the California coast.

The temblor hit about 10:48 p.m. PDT, and there was no immediate word of injuries or damage.

Federal authorities said it's unclear whether the quake formed a tsunami -- but even if it did, there is no danger to the Pacific coast of California, Oregon or Washington at this time.

Officials did issue a watch for the Hawaiian Islands as well as other island areas, including New Zealand and New Guinea.

American Samoa is more than 4,000 miles from Los Angeles.

-- Shelby Grad

 
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This is the FIRST! time I've heard of this

4000 miles isn't much think of the one in the pacific at Christmas

Reports from American Samoa say Tsunami waves created major damage in the harbor area of town, with boats and some large vessels lifted and placed on roads. Major damage in Pago Pago park area, and in Fagatogo. Some reports say waves were almost 20ft high. Roads are closed with no access between eastern and western parts of the island.

It's hard to hear your own hometown go through this and your not there to be with your loved ones. I just pray and hope for the best for our families and friends in Samoa.

Latest reports say 13 fatalities so far in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Roads have washed out with little access into the harbor area where the brunt of the Tsunami damage occurred. The Power Plant in Satala was also damaged and not able to produce electricity. Water and waves flooded the Pago Plaza Shopping mall building. Road access from the eastern side of the island into the bay area are also blocked, as are roads to the airport.

I am amazed that they have the nerve to be more concerned in this article with the fact that the tsunami is not headed for california and less info on the damage to Samoa! And where is the news coverage on this? Whole villages have been wiped out! People are hurt and in need! If this were happening to L.A. the news would be all over it! People dont even know this is happening! I am outraged!

@ jaz:
i ordered a burger without pickles. i got pickles. i am outraged!

the scope and subject of this article is about california(see article title) -especially because this is the los angeles times, in los angeles, which happens to be... guess where? this section of the l.a. times is called 'l.a. now' (duh). it means local news. wrong section.

tangents deserve their own coverage but you're trolling in the wrong doorstep. :p

Yeah great typo LA Times. It happened at 10:48 AM not PM.

Its times like this that we need to have faith and pray to the father in heaven to please look after our families in samoa. This is a very sad tragic i pray every family in samoa is safe. and my heart goes out to everyone in samoa.

Has anyone got ahold of someone back in the island. I've been trying to reach my brother and his family and no luck at all.

Jaz.. ummm this is LA NOW (Southern CA) local stuff, not Samoa paper. If you need WORLD news go to CNN.

How is it surprising that the article deals with the tsunami not heading for CA instead of the damage in Somoa when you're looking in the LOCAL section of the LA Times?

One after the other:
Dust Storm in Australia
Typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines
Earthquake in Japan
Earthquake and Tsunami in Samoa...

Is this exactly like "The Day After Tomorrow"?

Let us all continue to pray...

JAZ settle down this is just a blog LA TIMES actually have a report on this search there website! I live on the coast and was a little worried about my family wondering if i need to start heading inland! Alot of people are worried and feel bad about what is going on and will help in many ways but people looking for news can find what they are looking for. i did not warning as of yet. search the website you will find news

Wow that is wild. I hope there is no tsunami from this. Even if one happens I find it hard to imagine it affecting the coastal states at all since it is 4000 miles away.

hahaha get ready cailfornia..

hahaha get raedy cailfornia..

I pray for those in Samoa. Hope everyone is well.

TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 5
NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
135 AM PST FRI MAR 11 2011

THIS MESSAGE KEEPS THE ADVISORY AND WARNING AREAS THE SAME AND
ADDS MORE TSUNAMI OBSERVATIONS.

...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT CONCEPCION
CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER...

...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF ALASKA FROM AMCHITKA PASS ALASKA/125 MILES W OF
ADAK/ TO ATTU ALASKA...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO
POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER TO AMCHITKA PASS ALASKA/125 MILES
W OF ADAK/...


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