Quake hits American Samoa on tsunami anniversary

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - A small earthquake struck American Samoa as a memorial service was being held to mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that left 34 people dead in the US territory.

There were no reports of injuries or damage. The service went on without interruption.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu says Wednesday's 5.4 quake was too weak to generate a tsunami. A geophysicist at the center, Victor Sardina, says the quake was felt in American Samoa because it was so close, just 136 miles southwest of the capital, Pago Pago.

On September 29, 2009, a magnitude-8.0 earthquake generated tsunami waves up to 40 feet that swept through the region, killing 194 people, including 34 in American Samoa.

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