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World

AFP
November 5, 2019

6.6 magnitude quake strikes off Tonga

World

AFP
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Tonga: A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Tonga on Tuesday, but there was no threat of a tsunami, officials said.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the shallow undersea quake hit about 134 kilometres (83 miles) west of Neiafu, the country´s second-largest town.

It said the temblor was not expected to have caused significant damage. The quake was not felt in Tonga´s capital, Nuku´alofa, according to an AFP reporter.

There was also no threat of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

A second quake of 5.5 magnitude was recorded a few minutes later, the USGS said.