September 30, 2009 in Nation/World
Bruce Leiataua photo

This photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, shows the fishing boat “Gogosina” on Beach Road in Pago Pago, American Samoa. A magnitude 8.0 quake struck early Tuesday morning, and sent giant waves crashing down on the islands. “Gogosina” is the Samoan word for the seabird also known as a tern. (AP Photo/Bruce Leiataua)

Fili Sagapolutele photo

A car is seen pushed up against a bridge after strong seawater from the tsunami filled a small stream in the village of Fagatogo, located in the main town area in American Samoa on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Fili Sagapolutele)

Pesi Fonua photo

This photo shows an aerial view of Hihifo on the western side of Tonga on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009. A powerful quake in the South Pacific hurled massive tsunami waves at the shores of Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, flattening villages and sweeping cars and people back out to sea while leaving scores dead and dozens missing.

Pesi Fonua photo

This photo shows an aerial of Hihifo on the western side of Tonga on Tuesday, Sept. 29 2009.

Associated Press photo

A resident looks at the damage from the Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, tsunami that struck the village of Leone in American Samoa, approximately ten miles west of the port city of Pago Pago.

Derek Web photo

The aftermath of a powerful earthquake is seen in Pago Pago village, American Samoa, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.

Ausage Fausia photo

The aftermath of a powerful earthquake is seen in Pago Pago village, American Samoa, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.

Ausage Fausia photo

People search through the rubble following a powerful earthquake in Pago Pago village, American Samoa, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. The quake in the South Pacific hurled massive tsunami waves at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and sweeping cars and people back out to sea while leaving scores dead and dozens missing.

Tanne Gabler photo

In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, photo provided by Tanne Gabler, a damaged home is seen in Leone, American Samoa. Disaster officials rushed food, medicine and a temporary morgue to the Samoas on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake unleashed a tsunami that flattened villages and swept cars and people out to sea.

Bruce Leiataua photo

In a photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, a boat with a sign reading “Owner on board. Looter shot” lies on its side after having been pushed about 100 meters inland across part of a sports field, a playground and four tennis courts to end up in a parking lot in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Bruce Leiataua photo

This photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, shows the remains of a house on Beach Road in Pago Pago, American Samoa. A magnitude 8.0 quake struck early Tuesday morning, and sent giant waves crashing down on the islands.

New Zealand Herald photo

Flooding is seen at a resort in Pago Pago village, American Samoa, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald) NEW ZEALAND OUT, FAIRFAX OUT

Associated Press photo

This Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows Pago Pago, American Samoa, shortly after a tsunami hit the island.

Associated Press photo

This Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows Tafuna International Airport in Pago Pago, American Samoa after a tsunami hit the island.