13 Feb 2010

Strong quake hits Tonga

5:42 pm on 13 February 2010

The United States Geological Survey says a strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off Tonga.

The horizontal quake, at a depth of 10km, was centred 95km southeast of the capital Nuku'alofa .

No tsunami warning was immediately issued.

Nine people died in September 2009, when a tsunami hit the northern Tongan island of Niuatoputapu following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake.

The tsunami also killed 143 people in Samoa and another 34 in neighbouring American Samoa.