Strong 6.3 earthquake hits off Tonga: USGS quake monitor

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Wellington, Sep 25: A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Tonga early today but there was no threat of a tsunami, US seismologists said.

The offshore quake hit at 7:07 am (local time) and was centred around 124 kilometres northwest of Tonga, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on its website.


The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat.

In its preliminary impact assessment, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.


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