September 29, 2009 / 6:24 PM / 8 years ago

7.9 magnitude quake strikes off American Samoa

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (Reuters) - A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off American Samoa on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the quake was located 120 miles (190 km) southwest of the remote Pacific island. It struck at a depth of 20.5 miles (33 km).

An earthquake of this magnitude is capable of causing a tsunami, although there were no immediate reports of this occurring.

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