Tsunami warning after Samoa quake

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 09:18 02/08/2013

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Tsunami sirens have sounded in Samoa after a large earthquake struck off the Pacific country this morning.

The magnitude-5.8 quake hit 234 kilometres south west of the capital Apia. It was 10 kilometres deep. The quake hit at 8.01am local time.

Samoan authorities set off the tsunami sirens and put low lying areas on tsunami watch.

"All people living on low-lying coastal areas are advised to take precaution and standby for further updates," the warning said.

In neighbouring American Samoa, the US Department of Homeland Security said that the quake did not generate a tsunami.

In 2009 a tsunami killed 189 people in Samoa.

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- Fairfax Media

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