5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Samoan Islands

Another earthquake struck near the Samoan islands, already ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami waves earlier this week.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 5.5-magnitude earthquake rumbled Wednesday about 10 miles deep in the Pacific Ocean and about 121 miles from Apia, Samoa, CNN reported Thursday

The quake did not trigger a tsunami warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

This comes after an 8-magnitude earthquake struck the cluster of Samoan islands Tuesday, triggering a tsunami and leaving more than 100 people dead. Officials said they feared the death toll would rise as crews start to reach outlying areas.

A huge emergency effort was under way Wednesday. U.S. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for American Samoa to speed the deployment of resources and federal officials. The U.S. Coast Guard also is working to provide help.

“We also stand ready to help our friends in neighboring Samoa and throughout the region,” Obama said in a statement, “and we’ll continue to monitor this situation closely … .”

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