Saturday, February 12, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: 6.1 Magnitude TONGA - 12th Feb 2011

TONGA - A strong earthquake struck near the Tonga Islands on early Sunday morning, seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake at 6.57 a.m. local time (1757 GMT Saturday) was centered about 55 kilometers (34 miles) northwest of Nuku'Alofa, the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga. It struck about 81 kilometers (50 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).