Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off Tonga

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SYDNEY | A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific Rim of Tonga on Thursday, the U.S. Geophysical Institute (USGS) said, and no damage was initially reported.

Despite the intensity of the earthquake, Tonga’s weather services issued a statement saying there was no threat.

The magnitude of the earthquake, initially announced at 6.7, has been revised downwards.

The earthquake occurred about 35 kilometers deep, 210 km off the northeast of Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, where locals claimed it made buildings wobble.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no risk of potentially dangerous waves on the shoreline near the epicenter.

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