Death toll rises in Samoa, another deadly quake hits Indonesia

Prime Minister Malielagaoi
Prime Minister Malielagaoi

By Chris Clackum

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (NBC) - A powerful earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that rammed into western and American Samoa Wednesday.

At least 99 people are dead and dozens more are missing.

In Indonesia where another quake struck, the death toll is currently at 75 with thousands possibly trapped.

Four tsunami waves 15 to 20-feet-high roared ashore in American Samoa, some of the waves reached up to a mile inland.

Survivors in the Pacific island fled the coast for higher ground and many huddled in safety for hours after the quake struck on Tuesday.

Amateur video showed shots of debris and damage in the village of Pago Pago after the water began to recede.

President Obama has already declared a major disaster in American Samoa and federal help is reportedly on the way.

The prime minister of Western Samoa promised to help the victims.

"I'm trying to come to terms with the events...and of course how we are going to respond to the damages," said Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Another major quake struck only hours later off the coast of Indonesia that toppled buildings, cut power and reportedly caused a landslide.

Many people are feared to be trapped beneath rubble.

The quake also triggered a tsunami warning for countries along the Indian Ocean but it was later lifted.