Earthquakes Near Tonga

Three shallow earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.8 and 5.8 have struck north of the Tongan capital Nuku’Alofa in recent days.

The series of quakes began at 2:29 p.m. New Zealand time on the 26th of May 2007, when a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck at a depth of 35 km, 445 km NNE of Nuku’Alofa.

A magnitude 5.8 quake followed at 6:13 a.m. on May 28th, being located 145 km NNE of Nuku’Alofa at a depth of 10 km.

The latest event was a magnitude 4.8 quake which struck 400 km north-east of Nuku’Alofa at a depth of 10 km this morning at 52 minutes past midnight.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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