Editor’s note: This footage is from the 2009 American Samoa tsunami. For reports and videos on the 2011 Japan tsunami please go here.
The Samoan tsunami death toll reaches 150 and climbing. The below photos are raw footage of the destruction wreaked upon Samoa and American Samoa, islands in the South Pacific Ocean about 2,300 miles South of Hawaii where the tsunami hit hard. Click on any photo to enlarge it.
Photo 1 – Above top left: A damaged shop front is seen after a tsunami hit the village of Si’umu in Western Samoa September 30, 2009 in this photo taken by a resident of Western Samoa and forwarded to Reuters.
Photo 2 – Above top right: A car is seen inside a building after a tsunami struck the village of Si’umu in Western Samoa.
Photo 3 – Above left 2nd from top: A boat is stranded among wreckage in the village of Si’umu.
Photo 4 – Above right 2nd from top: Residents walk past wreckage in the village of Si’umu.
Photo 5 – Above left 3rd from top: The roof of a destroyed house sits on a road in Leone, in American Samoa, on Tuesday morning.
Photo 6 – Above right 3rd from top: Damaged vehicles in Si’umu.
Photo 7 – Above left 4th from top: A destroyed structure is seen among debris near a church in the village of Leone, American Samoa.
Photo 8 – Above right 4th from top: The roof of a destroyed house sits on a road in Leone.
Photo 9 – Above left 5th from top : A damaged vehicle is stranded among wreckage after a tsunami hit the village of Si’umu.
Photo 10 – Above right 5th from top: Wreckage at the site of a village meeting house in Leone.
Photo 11 – Above left 6th from top: The downtown area of Fagatogo, a town of 3,000 on the shore of Pago Pago Harbor in American Samoa, is submerged by seawater early on Tuesday.
Photo 12 – Above right 6th from top: A damaged truck in Leone.
Photo 13 – Above left 1st map: An earthquake event location map generated and released by the United States National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center shows the location of an earthquake that the center measured as having a preliminary magnitude of 8.3 occurring in the Samoa Islands Region of the Pacific Ocean on September 29, 2009. New Zealand can be seen at center and Australia at left.
Photo 14 – Above right 2nd map: An earthquake location map generated and released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows the location of an earthquake that the USGS measured as having a magnitude of 8.0 occurring in the Samoa Islands Region of the Pacific Ocean on September 29, 2009.
Photo 15 – Above left 3rd map: A tsunami travel time map and table generated by the United States National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center shows projected travel times.
Photo 16 – Above right final map: General map of the area of the tsunami.
The following video is raw footage of the tsunami in the Samoan islands provided by the Associated Press:
The following Video is raw footage of the destruction in Si’umu, Samoa, and is provided by Reuters: