Earthquake hits near Tonga

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A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit an area about 200km northwest of Tonga, the US Geological Survey says.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake hit at 5.42am Monday local time at a depth of 40km, according to EMSC.

The earthquake was the latest disaster to hit the area after a tremor was felt in Tongatapu last Monday 19.

In that earthquake Tongatapu residents took to Facebook to show their reaction.

“Ne tau ki’i lulu e”, a Facebook user wrote. In English she said “We have been shaken aye”

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