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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earthquake recorded off Tonga, no tsunami warning issued

Advertiser Staff

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-5.9 earthquake has struck in an area near Tonga.

No tsunami warning has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The USGS says the quake hit at 6:20 a.m. local time, or early Thursday in the region.

The USGS originally reported it as a 6.2 quake in the area of the Samoa islands.

Many residents of American Samoa felt the quake and went out to look at the ocean while listening to radio broadcasts, the Associated Press reported.

But police in the capital, Apia, told AP they had no reports on the temblor. "We didn't feel any earthquake," an officer, who declined to be named, said.

The quake was recorded at a depth of 21.7 miles, the USGS says.

It was centered 105 miles north-northeast of Hihifo, Tonga; 135 miles southwest of Apia, Samoa; 435 miles north-northeast of Nukualofa, Tonga; and 1,670 miles north-northeast of Wellington, N.Z.

On the Net:

U.S. Geological Survey: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/