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Strong quake deep below South Pacific does not generate tsunami

By Star-Advertiser staff


A large earthquake struck off Tonga in the South Pacific but did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami, officials said today.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2, was centered 262 miles west of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga and at a depth of 368 miles. It struck at 7:31 a.m. Friday near the epicenter (9:31 a.m. today in Hawaii), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach said no tsunami was expected. There were no immediate reports of damage.

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