Samoa Death Toll Rises, Overall Tsunami Hits 119

By: Keni Lesa and Fili Sagapolutele AP Email
By: Keni Lesa and Fili Sagapolutele AP Email

APIA, Samoa (AP) - A senior Samoan disaster relief worker says the nation's death toll from the tsunami has reached 83. Most of the dead are elderly and young children.

Samoa National Disaster Management committee member Filomina Nelson tells New Zealand's National Radio that more bodies are expected to be recovered Wednesday. Searches resumed at first light
for those missing after Tuesday's disastrous tsunami.

Survivors fled to higher ground on the South Pacific islands after the magnitude 8.0 quake struck at 6:48 a.m. local time (1:48 p.m. EDT; 1748 GMT) Tuesday. The quake was centered about 120 miles south of the islands of Samoa, which has about 220,000 people, and American Samoa, a U.S. territory of 65,000.

At least 30 people have died on American Samoa.

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