Strong earthquake hits Tonga

    A 6.4 earthquake has rattled residents across Tonga.

    USG  said the earthquake strikes 82 kilometres north north east of Nuku’alofa at 11.08am (UTC Time). It was 100.2 kilometres depth.

    Our correspondent in Tonga said he ran outside of his house when the quake hit.

    He said it went on for about less than a minute.

    There was no casualty reported or tsunami threat alert issued.

    There was also no report of damage.

    Tonga’s earthquake came after Indonesia’s disaster agency said 222 people were dead and hundreds more injured after a tsunami struck coastal areas around the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java on Saturday (Dec 22) night.

    “222 people are dead, 843 people are injured and 28 people are missing,” Indonesia’s national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Sunday evening.

    “This number is predicted to increase because not all victims have been successfully evacuated, not all health centres have reported victims and not all locations have got complete data.”


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