Saturday, March 12, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 12th Mar 2011

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific nation of Tonga this afternoon, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake hit about 230km northeast of Neiafu, Tonga at 2:19pm. It occurred at a depth of 10.9km.

No tsunami alert was immediately posted. Earlier the Met Office in Tonga had reported the island nation had recorded 60-90cm waves as a result of the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake off Japan.

Thousands of people in the capital Nuku'alofa had sought refuge at the King's residence, which was on higher ground, Radio New Zealand reported.

Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific, comprising 176 islands scattered over some 700,000km square. Source