Watch: Video of the American Samoa Tsunami Shows Lethal Force, Speed
A main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, is seen flooded by water from the tsunami in American Samoa. Towering tsunami waves spawned by a powerful earthquake swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday.
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 Updated at 6:30 PM PST
The FBI has released a video showing the terrifying speed and force with which a Tsunami hit American Samoa on September 29th.
In the video -- taken from a surveillance camera at the FBI office there -- the wave appears suddenly and sends parked cars crashing into each other with remarkable ease during the deadly deluge. The trucks and cars are tossed around like seaweed. Seconds earlier a man is seen running away from the on-coming tsunami.
The water hit the parking lot at 7:14 a.m. in American Samoa, about 26 minutes after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake shook the South Pacific. At least 183 people were killed in the Sept. 29 tsunami, including 142 in Samoa. An additional 32 people were killed in American Samoa and nine in Tonga.
"As someone who lives on a Pacific island myself, it really brought home the level of destruction that a tsunami brings along with it," said FBI special agent Thomas Simon Jr. in Honolulu.
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