The Foreign Office (FCO) has issued an alert advising against all but essential travel to Samoa and American Samoa after an earthquake wreaked havoc on the islands, killing up to 100 and devastating resorts.
The islands, considered by many to be some of the most beautiful in the South Pacific, are home to around 250,000 people.
They were hit by a tsunami early on Wednesday morning (approximately 6pm UK time) triggered by an earthquake of between 8.0 and 8.3 on the Richter scale.The advice preceded another big earthquake which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale and struck North West of Padang in Sumatra, Indonesia late this morning (GMT). Shaking could be felt in high buildings in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, several hundred miles away and in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued for the South Asian region, which for India, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, has since been cancelled.
September 2007: A 7.8-magnitude earthquake rattles Sumatra island, triggering regional tsunami alerts and damaging scores of buildings.
September 2007: An earthquake measured at a magnitude of 8.4 near Sumatra triggers a wave in the coastal city of Padang. The tremor kills at least 25 people and injures around 50.
April 2007: At least 28 people in the Solomon Islands die in a tsunami and earthquake measured at a magnitude of 8.1.
July 2006: A magnitude-6.1 earthquake triggers a tsunami off Java island’s southern coast, killing at least 600 people.
December 2004: An Indian Ocean tsunami, triggered by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake, kills 230,000 in a dozen countries.
August 1976: A magnitude-8.0 earthquake hits near the islands of Mindanao and Sulu in the Philippines, generating a tsunami and leaving at least 5,000 dead.
March 1964: An 9.2-magnitude earthquake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, kills 131 people, including 119 from a tsunami.
April 1946: An earthquake measured at a magnitude of 8.1 near Unimak Islands, Alaska, triggers a tsunami, killing 165 people, mostly in Hawaii.
April 1868: A 7.9-magnitude earthquake strikes the Big Island, Hawaii, leaving 77 people dead, including 46 from a tsunam
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