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Electric wire thefts in American Samoa trigger power disruptions

ASPA power plant in Satala
Source: RNZ Pacific

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A spate of electric wire thefts in American Samoa has triggered power disruptions throughout the Tafuna area.

Acting Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority, Wallon Young, said four thefts had been discovered in the past two weeks.

Outages had been reported and the authority responded they found the electric wires have been completely removed.

Mr Young said those were low voltage wires, which could be cut with a plier.

Police are investigating.