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Strong quake hits South Pacific but does not generate Pacific-wide tsunami

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

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, was centered 263 miles west-southwest of Apia, Samoa, and 238 miles north-northwest of Neiafu, Tonga, at a depth of 5.3 miles. It struck at 12:07 p.m. Friday near the epicenter (1:07 p.m. today in Hawaii), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach said no tsunami was expected, however earthquakes of this size can generate local tsunamis. There were no immediate reports of damage.

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