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Tonga earthquake: 6.2 magnitude tremor strikes off Tonga weeks after a volcanic eruption and tsunami

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck near the Pacific nation of Tonga, the US Geological Survey reports.

The quake struck at a depth of 14.5 kilometres about 219 kilometres north west of the island of Pangai, at 7:40pm local time.

No tsunami threat from the earthquake has been reported.

It comes after an underwater volcanic eruption earlier this month led to a tsunami which caused widespread damage.

Humanitarian aid to the Pacific Island nation is expected to ramp up after the airport was cleared of ash, making it safe for planes to land.

Aid agencies have warned that access to clean drinking water continues to be a critical issue while clean up efforts are underway. 

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Posted 11h ago11 hours agoThu 27 Jan 2022 at 1:29pm

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