Powerful earthquake strikes Tonga

Strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean, in volatile area known as the “Ring of Fire” earlier today. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. No tsunami threat warnings were issued.

Preliminary Report

Magnitude 6.2

Date-Time • 10 Nov 2018 08:33:16 UTC

• 10 Nov 2018 22:33:16 near epicenter

Location 20.535S 173.819W

Depth 10 km

Distances • 162 km (101 miles) ENE (65 degrees) of NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga
• 210 km (131 miles) S (175 degrees) of Neiafu, Tonga
• 441 km (274 miles) WSW (247 degrees) of Niue Island
• 2569 km (1596 miles) W (259 degrees) of PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 8.2 km; Vertical 1.9 km

Parameters Nph = 115; Dmin = 438.2 km; Rmss = 1.15 seconds; Gp = 89°