Member of The Month JANUARY 2010
- Aug 14, 2009
# Missing British child, 2, believed dead after tsunami struck Samoa
# Samoan tsunami kills at least 99; Indonesian earthquake kills 'up to 1,000'
# 'Thousands' buried under rubble after Indonesian earthquake
# Indonesian quake along same fault line as quake that caused 2004 Boxing Day tsunami; both disasters took place on Pacific Ring of Fire
Hundreds of people are feared dead and thousands more homeless after first a tsunami then an earthquake struck hours apart along the Pacific Ring of Fire. A two-year-old British child is among the 99 people killed when a tsunami swept through the Pacific Ocean yesterday, flattening entire villages in its path. Hours later an earthquake rocked Indonesia, leaving thousands buried underneath rubble and prompting new tsunami warnings. Authorities have confirmed 75 people dead, though one health official has been quoted as saying 1,000 people are dead.
No one spared: An aerial of Hihifo on the western side of Tonga after the first powerful earthquake sent tsunami waves sweeping through the Pacific