Search For Survivors In Sumatra, Samoa

By: CBS
By: CBS

(CBS) - The search for survivors continues in American Samoa and Samoa.

An earthquake triggered a series of Tsunamis. According to Indonesian officials, at least 200 people are believed dead, some washed out to sea by the giant waves.

A second deadly quake struck the Indonesian Island of Sumatra late Wednesday. Thousands of terrified people ran through the streets seeking higher ground.

A deadly magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck just off the coast of Padang, Indonesia. Many feared a Tsunami would follow, but one didn't.

However, the quake was so powerful, buildings collapsed, including two hospitals. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of people are believed to be trapped.

It also triggered landslides and sparked fires.

The US Geological Survey says this area is ripe for earthquakes. It lies along the same fault line that spawned the Asian Tsunami that killed nearly a quarter million people in a dozen countries in 2004.

The Indonesian earthquake came less than 24 hours after a bigger quake a few thousand miles away caused a Tsunami that flattened villages in Samoa and American Samoa. That's a string of islands between Hawaii and Australia.

Many people living there were swept out to sea by giant waves.

With tens of thousands needing help, President Obama declared a major disaster for American Samoa, a U-S. territory with 65,000 residents.

Coast Guard emergency responders left Sacramento for the territory, taking two inflatable boats and a lot of initial assessment equipment with them.

Their job won't be easy. Water has cut off many remote areas and even rescue crews are having a tough time getting in to search for survivors.


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