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08 Oct 2009 description
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Written by: Katherine Baldwin

When earthquakes struck beneath the South Pacific ocean on Thursday, islanders fled to high ground, fearing a repeat of last week's devastating tsunamis that killed some 150 people on Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

Three subsea quakes, measuring 7.8, 7 and 7.3 on the Richter scale, were registered beneath the seas between Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, but the waves only trickled in.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre had issued widespread alerts to the island resorts, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, and Hawaii and the Philippines were …

02 Oct 2009 description
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Written by: Katie Nguyen

LONDON (AlertNet) - Battered by a typhoon, lashed by torrential rain, rattled by an earthquake, washed out by a tsunami - Southeast Asian nations and the Pacific Samoan islands have been hit hard this week by Mother Nature.

The sudden onset of four big natural disasters in almost as many days has stretched international aid agencies to the limit as they scramble to assess the scale of the devastation in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Samoa - and rally the funds to pay for an emergency response.

"It's an unusual number of …

02 Oct 2009 description
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Written by: Olesya Dmitracova

LONDON (AlertNet) - Their remoteness had made a cluster of islands in the South Pacific the perfect spot to escape to on holiday but when a disaster struck, it became a major problem for aid agencies trying to reach the survivors.

Three days after four tsunamis hit Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, many aid agencies still struggled to deliver emergency aid to the islands, the biggest of which - Samoa - is located over 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from the nearest continent of Australia.

"It is certainly very difficult because there is little in the way …