Video footage has emerged showing the terrifying moment an incoming Tsunami hit Islands in the South Pacific.
The tidal wave has left scores dead. Around a hundred people are thought to have perished in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga. That is expected to rise with dozens still missing. A pacific wide Tsunami red alert was issued after a huge 8.3 magnitude undersea quake struck near to American Samoa. It’s thought the Islands may, however, have been too close to the epicentre for the warning to reach people in time. Waves over four metres high flattened houses and swept cars away with ease bringing back the nightmarish images of the devastating 2004 boxing day Tsunami that killed some 230,000 people across 11 Asian countries. Around a quarter of a million people live on the islands and thousands are believed to have been affected. US President Barack Obama has declared American Samoa a disaster zone and said his deepest symapathies are with the Island’s people. Australia, New Zealand and the US have all offered aid to the region.