A moderate magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the South Pacific near Tonga today morning, the US Geological Survey reported. No tsunami watch was issued.
The quake struck at 8:41 today morning (0111 IST) at a depth of 10 kilometres, the USGS said.
It was centred 65 kilometres east-northeast Hihifo, Tonga, and 645 kilometres north-northeast of the capital, Nuku’alofa, Tonga, the agency reported.
Today’s quake was 260 kilometres southwest of Apia, Samoa, which was hit by a quake and a devastating tsunami on September 29, with at least 183 people killed.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued no tsunami warning after today’s quake.