A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck northeast of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said, but a destructive tsunami was not expected. The quake's epicenter was recorded 195 km (120 miles) east-northeast of the Tongan capital Nuku'Alofa at a depth of 61 km (38.5 miles), it said.
There were no immediate tsunami warnings issued, according to websites for the USGS (www.here) and the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) (www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/). "Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii," the PTWC said in a statement. There were also no reports of damage or injury about half an hour after the quake was recorded at 1247 GMT, or about 2.47 a.m. on Wednesday local time.
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* Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 12:47:14 UTC
* Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 02:47:14 AM at epicenter
Location 20.641Â°S, 174.068Â°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Distances 135 km (85 miles) ENE of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
220 km (135 miles) S of Neiafu, Tonga
480 km (300 miles) E of Ndoi Island, Fiji
2100 km (1300 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand
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