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2009 Tsunami

Eight years ago — on Sept. 29, 2009 at 6:38 a.m. — a strong 8.1 earthquake shook the Samoan islands and was followed some 15 to 20 minutes later by the most devastating tsunami ever to hit the Samoan islands. With towering waves, the tsunami killed 34 people in American Samoa (3 of whom were never found). Pictured are the waters rising in Fagatogo as photographed by Fili Sagapolutele who covered the disaster for Samoa News. [SN file photo]