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01 Oct 2020 | 01:48 AM UTC

Tonga: 6.7-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Vava’u Island October 1

Tonga News Alert

6.7-magnitude earthquake strikes 64 km SE of Neiafu (Vava’u Island) on October 1; no tsunami warning issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/2/2020, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Tongatapu). COUNTRY/REGION Tonga


According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck 64 km (40 mi) southeast of Neiafu (Vava'u Island) on Thursday, October 1. The quake struck at 14:13 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a notice stating that based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake. There have been no immediate reports of damage of casualties.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

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), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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