Samoa issues tsunami alert to begin evacuations

February 27, 2010 17:44

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — Authorities on the Pacific islands of American Samoa and Samoa on Saturday urged their citizens to take shelter from the tsunami headed their way that was generated by the massive Chilean earthquake.

American Samoa Lt. Gov. Aitofele Sunia called on all residents of shoreline villages to move to higher ground, while police in Samoa have issued a nationwide alert to begin coastal evacuations.

The tsunami is expected to reach the islands Saturday morning.

The American Samoa government has activated emergency services with off duty police officers and other first responders ordered to report to their offices as soon as possible.

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