Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits in the Pacific Ocean off Tonga

A shallow M6.1 earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean about 105 miles west of Neiafu, Tonga at 2:04pm (UTC) on October 8, 2017.

The USGS revised the strength of the quake from M6.4 down to M6.1. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center hasn’t released any tsunami threats or warnings.

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M6.1 earthquake strikes off Tonga on October 8 2017

The epicenter of the strong quake was situated at 10 km (6.2 miles) depth.

It comes after several major earthquakes struck along the Pacific “Ring of Fire” in the past few weeks. The latest > M6.0 tremor was reported off Fukushima on October 6, 2017.

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The shallow M6.1 earthquake hit at a depth of 10km off Tonga on October 8 2017. via USGS

Last Friday, a magnitude-5.7 earthquake hit off the coast of Northern California. Several large earthquakes hit Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Japan, and New Zealand last week.

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on Sept. 19, killing at least 369 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.

The “Ring of Fire” is located within the basin of the Pacific Ocean, lined with 452 volcanoes, making up around 75 percent of the world’s total active volcanoes. It shows currently an INCREDIBLY high seismic and volcanic activity.

About 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes strike along the “Ring of Fire.” Get prepared if you live near or within it.

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