ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A strong Tonga earthquake today 2013 has struck off the coast. The Tonga earthquake today July 27, 2013 began moments ago and was northeast of Hihifo. No reports of damage have yet to be indicated by local news.
Officials tell news that a Tonga earthquake today has struck just after 4:03 AM local time. The quake was centered west of the island. The quake posted a 4.8 magnitude but was shallow. USGS indicates to news that the quake started only twenty miles below ground level. As a result the quake was felt on-land, to the east.
USGS reports that the quake was fifty-seven miles northeast of Hihifo. The quake also started one hundred forty-one miles southwest of Apia, Samoa and one hundred seventy-three miles west of Tafuna in American Samoa.
In September 2011, a 6.3 earthquake struck the region. The quake was centered forty-five miles north of Tonga. It was also located roughly one hundred fifty miles west of Samoa and two hundred miles southwest of Pago Pago. The quake of nominal depth, only sixteen miles below the earth’s surface.
In September 2009, a 6.9 quake hit American Samoa. The quake was roughly 180 miles form Papo Pago and 375 miles from Tonga. The quake’s epicenter was in the Samoa Island Region, approximately 120 miles from Hihifo, Tonga.