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Tuesday, 27 February 2024
6.6 magnitude quake strikes off Tonga: USGS
Indonesians wait outside an office building after a 6.4 magnitude quake hit Jakarta. (File photo AFP)

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Tonga on Tuesday, but there was no threat of a tsunami, officials said.

The United States Geological Survey said the shallow undersea quake hit about 134 kilometers (83 miles) west of Neiafu, the country’s second-largest town.

It said the temblor was not expected to have caused significant damage.

There was also no threat of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, after initially reporting the quake had a magnitude of 6.9.