APIA, Samoa â€” A powerful earthquake in the South Pacific hurled a massive tsunami at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday local time, flattening villages and sweeping cars and people out to sea, leaving at least 99 dead and dozens missing. The quake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn about 125 miles from Samoa, an island nation of 180,000 people located about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. It struck about 120 miles from neighboring American Samoa, a U.S. territory that is home to 65,000 people. On Wednesday, a second powerful underwater earthquake rocked western Indonesia, initially causing the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to issue a tsunami alert for Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Thailand, all countries along the Indian Ocean. The alert was later canceled, but the quake sent panicked residents out of their houses and toppled buildings and bridges in the coastal city of Padang, according to witnesses. source
One of our missionary friends, David G, to Egypt is American Samoan. He is a wonderful friend and man of God. He has family members who still live there. We are an international church in more than one way. Vision has members from all over the world but we also send missionaries so geography and world events should be more important to us than to most people. Please pray for these people in this horrific moment.