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26 Dec 2018 | 02:55 PM UTC

Tonga: 5.6-magnitude earthquake December 27

Tonga News Alert

5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes on December 27; aftershocks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/26/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/28/2018, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Tongatapu). COUNTRY/REGION Tonga

Event

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Tonga at 3:11 (local time) on Thursday, December 27. The epicenter was approximately 151 km (93 mi) north of Neiafu. No tsunami warning has been issued. Aftershocks are possible.

Context

The area lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a highly active tectonic zone that frequently experiences earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Advice

Individuals present in the affected region are advised to be prepared for aftershocks and to adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

 

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