12 Mar 2011

6.1 quake hits Tonga

7:07 pm on 12 March 2011

A strong earthquake hit off the coast of Tonga on Saturday afternoon.

The United States Geological Survey says it measured 6.1 on the Richter Scale and was 10.9 kilometres underground.

The epicentre was in the ocean north-east of the Tonga group and about 350 km south-west of Samoa.

It is not clear what damage occurred, if any.