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REFILING: 6TH LD: M8.0 quake hits Samoa Islands, 34 reportedly killed by tsunami.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 Kyodo


A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 struck in the Samoan Islands region early Tuesday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said, with the Associated Press reporting at least 34 people died as tsunami waves swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa

Tsunami waves were observed in some areas, including Pago Pago in American Samoa and Apia, Samoa, after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a warning for a wide area of the southern Pacific.

The Japan Meteorological Agency also issued a tsunami advisory at 9:00 a.m. local time for the Pacific coast of Japan. A tsunami of up to 50 centimeters is expected to reach Japan at around 11:00 a.m. at the earliest, it said.

The quake hit the Samoan Islands region at 6:48 a.m. local time. The quake's magnitude was earlier listed as 7.9 and 8.3 before being revised to 8.0.

The earthquake was centered 195 kilometers south of Apia and 185 km east-northeast of Hihifo, Tonga, at a depth of 18 km, the Geological Survey said.

The tsunami warning center said that based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be ''destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter.''
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