31 Aug 2009

Earthquake jolts Samoa region but no reports of damage

9:36 am on 31 August 2009

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake jolted the Samoa islands region early this morning but there are no immediate signs of damage.

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at 3:51 am local time at a shallow depth of 32 miles, some 175 miles southwest of the capital Apia.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no "destructive widespread tsunami threat" existed.

But it said earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 62 miles of the earthquake epicentre.