Magnitude 6.4 earthquake shakes Tonga islands

Tonga island groups have been shaken by a strong earthquake this morning at 11.14am.

There is no tsunami warning.

The 6.4 magnitude quake hit at a depth of 216km about 125.9km north west of Fangale’ounga, Ha’apai, 126.4km west south west of Neiafu, Vava’u and 244.6km north of Nuku’alofa.  

Vava’u and Tongatapu residents reported feeling shakes in the areas nearby, Neiafu and Nuku’alofa.

The morning quake comes after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, felt in Nuku’alofa at 5.49 pm yesterday, 18 January 2024.

“Based on preliminary earthquake information, tide gauge readings and advice from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC), a small tsunami wave is not likely to pose a threat to Tonga. However, unusual sea currents will be experienced along the coasts,” Tonga Met stated in an advisory issued at 6:05pm”.

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