American Samoa marks anniversary of 2009 tsunami
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American Samoa marks anniversary of 2009 tsunami

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa is marking four years since tsunami waves killed 34 people in the U.S. territory and more than 100 in neighboring Samoa.

Victims will be remembered at church services, a lantern floating ceremony and at a memorial over the weekend.

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the tsunami reawakened American Samoa to the power and the ferocity of natural forces.

He says people of the territory are continuing to rebuild destroyed properties as they struggle to mend their broken hearts and souls.

On Saturday, relatives will share memories of their loved ones at the Tsunami Memorial Picnic Shelter.

Leone village will float 100 lanterns in the ocean on Sunday to remember those who passed away. The waves killed nine residents of village, including two elementary school students.