6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Tonga region

May 12, 2013 TONGA A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific nation of Tonga US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The under-sea quake hit at 08:46 am (2046 GMT Saturday), 139 kilometers (86 miles) from the town of Neiafu, on the south coast of the island Vava’u, at a depth of 205 kilometers, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said based on the depth of the quake, no tsunami was expected. The epicenter of the tremor was 353 kilometers north of the capital Nuku’alofa. Tonga, almost 2,000 kilometers northeast of New Zealand, lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic activity.  –Indian Express
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5 Responses to 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Tonga region

  1. wayne pearson says:

    Hi Alvin. After a 15 day break from any MAJOR or GREAT earthquakes occurring anywhere in the world they have started again. On Saturday, 11th May, 2013 a 6.0 magnitude quake struck in Southern Iran and then on Sunday, 12th May, 2013 a 6.5 magnitude quake struck near the Pacific Island nation of Tonga. These are the 1st 2 MAJOR(6.0 and above) quakes to strike so far in the month of May and I believe we are now entering a more active phase of seismic activity and therefore I expect there to be more MAJOR and GREAT quakes to occur before this month is out. STAY TUNED!!!


  2. Paul says:

    Sure seems like there have been a lot of +4.0 earthquakes recently.


  3. Daniel Davis says:

    We have some dear friends living on Vavau (we visited in 2008-9). Hope all is well!


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