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Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes near Tonga

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NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga >> A strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck at sea northwest of Tonga in the South Pacific. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning has been issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Thursday’s quake was centered 272 miles  northwest of the Tongan town of Neiafu at a depth of 14 miles.

Earthquakes are common in the South Pacific.

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