Huge earthquake rattles Tonga – Pacific Ring of Fire on alert

Tonga has been hit by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake

A HUGE earthquake has hit Tonga, putting the Pacific Ring of Fire on alert.

By JOEY MILLAR

LONDON, England-October 10: 3.45pm (http://www.express.co.uk): Tonga was hit by the earthquake at 3.04am local time.

Damage or injuries have not yet been confirmed on the Pacific nation, which is made up of 169 islands.

No tsunami warnings are currently in alert, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The Tonga quake comes after a series of strong earthquakes across the Pacific Ring of Fire

The Tonga quake comes after a series of strong earthquakes across the Pacific Ring of Fire

The earthquake struck at a depth of six miles, around 117 miles north-west of the village of Pangai, which is home to 1,800 people.

It struck 154 miles north of Nuku’alofa, which is home to 22,400 people.

It comes after a series of other serious earthquakes hit along the Pacific Ring of Fire, a geologically-active region which stretches around the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand through East Asia before streching down North, Central and South America.

In September a huge 7.0 earthquake struck Mexico City, leaving 370 dead and more than 600 injured.

Quakes registering above 5.0 also hit New Zealand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Taiwan, Papa New Guinea and Japan last month.

The US Geological Society (USGS) said Tonga was vulnerable to damage from an earthquake.

Their website warned: “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist.

“The predominant vulnerable building types are informal (metal, timber, GI etc.) and unknown/miscellaneous types construction.”

No injuries or damage has yet been reported.






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