Strong Quake, Tonga

A strong, undersea earthquake struck near Tonga this morning.

Sunday, 12th May 2013

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck 140 km north-west of Neiafu, Tonga at 8:47 this morning, New Zealand time. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake depth at 205 km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reported the quake as magnitude 6.5 at a depth of 215 km and advised that a destructive tsunami was not generated, based on the earthquake’s characteristics and historical tsunami data.

Geoscience Australia reported the event as magnitude 6.5 at a depth of 185 km. It estimated that the quake would have caused damage within 60 km of the epicentre and would have been felt up to 750 km away.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, and Geoscience Australia.]

One Response to “Strong Quake, Tonga”

  1. Lizzie from Gizzie says:

    Haven’t heard anything on radio, wonder if there was any damage!

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