2007 Tonga earthquake

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Coordinates: 21°07′59″S 175°12′00″W / 21.133°S 175.2°W / -21.133; -175.2 The 2007 Tonga earthquake occurred on 9 December 2007 at 20:28:24 local time (07:28:24 UTC). NOAA rated a strength of 7.9 on the Richter scale, and USGS at 7.6. There were no reports of damage, death or injury.[1]

NOAA reported the earthquake, with a depth of 130 km, was too deep inside the Earth to generate a significant tsunami. USGS located the earthquake at 26.156S, 177.453W or 600 km (370 mi) SSW of Nukuʻalofa, Tonga, with a magnitude of 7.6, occurring at 07:28:24 UTC.[1]

The quake was epicentred 345km (215 miles) north of Raoul Island, in the Kermadec Islands,[1] or 900km northeast of New Zealand.[2]

On 19 November 2007, an earthquake with a strength of 6.3 hit Fiji and Tonga, epicentred at 364 kilometres to the east of Nukuʻalofa. It happened at 13:52 New Zealand Time (01:52 UTC) and was 551 kilometres deep.[3]

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