Strong Quake, Tonga Region

A strong, shallow earthquake struck the southern Tonga region late last night, New Zealand time.

Tuesday 3rd November 2009

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake located 330 km south of the Tongan capital Nuku‘Alofa struck at 11:47 p.m. NZDT last night. The quake, which was 10 km deep, was centred 530 km south-east of Ndoi Island, Fiji (615 km south of Neiafu, Tonga).

No bulletin was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre for this event.

Geoscience Australia reports the quake at magnitude 6.1 at a depth of 35 km. They estimate that the quake would have caused damage up to 40 km from the epicentre and would have been felt up to 500 km away.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and their contributing agencies, and Geoscience Australia. ]

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