APIA, SAMOA (HawaiiNewsNow) – A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck near the islands of Samoa and Tonga early Wednesday morning. The US Geological Survey reports that the epicenter of the quake was 135 miles southwest of the Samoan capital of Apia and 65 miles northeast of the town of Hihifo in the nation of Tonga.
No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii. The temblor struck at 7:20 AM Hawaii time. Initial reports indicated that the quake was 6.2 in magnitude
No injuries or damage have been reported. Last year, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused massive destruction in Samoa and killed almost 200 people.
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