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Obama declares 'major disaster' in tsunami-hit American Samoa

US President Barack Obama declared "a major disaster exists" in American Samoa on Tuesday after the remote Pacific island was hit by a tsunami that left at least 39 people dead.

world Updated: Sep 30, 2009 08:25 IST

US President Barack Obama declared "a major disaster exists" in American Samoa on Tuesday after the remote Pacific island was hit by a tsunami that left at least 39 people dead.

"The president tonight declared a major disaster exists in the territory of American Samoa and ordered federal aid to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area struck by an earthquake, tsunami, and flooding," a statement from the White House said.

A tsunami triggered by a massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck American Samoa and neighboring independent Samoa, killing at least 39 people across the two remote island nations. Of those, 14 were reported killed in American Samoa.