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18 juill. 2020 | 16h25 UTC

Tonga: 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes 144 km ENE of Hihifo (Niuatoputapu Island) on July 18; no tsunami warning issued

Tonga Alerte de sécurité

6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes 144 km ENE of Hihifo (Niuatoputapu Island) on July 18; no tsunami warning issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 18/7/2020, 12h00 until 21/7/2020, 11h59 (Pacific/Tongatapu). COUNTRY/REGION Hihifo (Niuatoputapu Island)

Event

On Saturday, July 18, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.5-magnitude earthquake 144 km (89 mi) east-northeast of Hihifo (Niuatoputapu Island). The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi) at 04:32 (local time July 19). The US Tsunami Warning System issued a statement that no tsunami threat was associated with the earthquake. Due to the relative remoteness of the quake's epicenter, significant damages are not expected.

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

Advice

Individuals 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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