A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Tonga almost two weeks after the Pacific kingdom was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami.
A shallow M6.2 earthquake occurred between Tonga and the Lau region at 6:40pm FT. Shaking may have been felt on some islands in Lau and Tonga, but not too strong as it was not centered nearby. There should also be no tsunami threat. Recorded on my @raspishake. pic.twitter.com/CSD4JDlNHa
— Fiji Earthquakes & Weather (@FijiEarthquakes) January 27, 2022
The epicentre was located 219km (136 miles) northwest of Pangai, a town on the remote island of Lifuka, at a depth of 14.5km (9 miles), according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) data.
There have been no immediate reports of damage but communication is limited after the earlier eruption severed the main underwater cable connecting Tonga to the world.
The eruption is over but the ground is still shaking – there have been dozens of #earthquakes around the #HungaTonga #volcano (magnitude 4.5-5), continuing today. 1/3#GoogleEarth #Tonga #earthquake pic.twitter.com/zsv4tXk7FL
— Dr. Judith Hubbard (@JudithGeology) January 24, 2022
The area has seen daily earthquake activity since the undersea Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano erupted on January 15, killing three people and sending a tsunami across the wider Pacific.
There are an estimated one million undersea volcanoes that, like continental volcanoes, are located near the Earth’s tectonic plates where they form.
According to the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration group, about “three-quarters of all volcanic activity on Earth actually occurs underwater”.
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