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Fresh tsunami warning for Samoa as toll reaches 63

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The death toll from a massive South Pacific earthquake and tsunami has risen to 63, officials say. Samoan police have confirmed the new toll and expect it will rise further. Meanwhile, Samoan authorities have issued a fresh tsunami warning to residents, eyewitnesses say.

“The sirens have gone off and police are warning us to go uphill, away from water, as there’s a new tsunami alert,” local resident Cherelle Jackson told AFP.

“Its starting all over again.”

Despite the local warning in the nervous Samoan capital of Apia, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue a fresh alert and the US Geological Survey did not record any new major earthquake in the area.

The tsunami has devastated parts of American Samoa and Samoa, including popular resort areas, and has wiped out villages.

The victims include an Australian and a New Zealander.  (Brisbane Times)

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Written by lankamuslim.com

September 30, 2009 at 7:45 am

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