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Last updated: 30 september, 2009 - 12:15 GMT

South Pacific tsunami kills many

A resident walks past debris in a playground and a tennis park left by the tsuami that struck early Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009 in Pago Pago, American Samoa

President Obama has declared the tsunami in American Samoa a major disaster

A tsunami in the South Pacific has caused widespread destruction on the islands of Samoa and American Samoa.

A map showing Samoa and American Samoa with the location of the earthquake which caused the tsunami

The earthquake struck at 1748 GMT on Tuesday 29 September

At least 77 people were reported dead in Samoa, more than 25 in American Samoa and at least six in Tonga, on the island of Niuatoputatu.

Thousands of homes have been destroyed.

New Zealand has sent a plane to Samoa to help search for survivors, and says it is ready to air-lift supplies.

Kerri Ritchie is in Samoa for the Australian broadcaster, ABC.

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Ian Cooper is a British man who has been living in Samoa for the past five years, running a diving company.

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First broadcast 30 September 2009

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