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07 Nov 2020 | 09:49 AM UTC

Tonga: 6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes NNE of Hihifo on November 7

Tonga News Alert

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes NNE of Hihifo on November 7; no tsunami warning immediately issued, aftershocks are possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/8/2020, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Tongatapu). COUNTRY/REGION Tonga, Hihifo (Niuatoputapu Island)


According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck 75km (47mi) north-northeast of Hihifo on Saturday, November 7. The quake struck at 22:27 (local time) at a depth of 33 km (21mi). There have been no immediate reports of casualties or infrastructural damage and no tsunami warnings have been issued.

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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