POSTED: 10:00 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2011
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.