Bangkok, Dec 11 (EFE).- A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook the waters north of Tonga this Monday, a country in the South Pacific inhabited by some 106,000 people, without initially reporting any victims or declaring an alert. of tsunami.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which records seismic activity around the world, located the tremor, which occurred at 7:33 p.m. local time (6:33 GMT), at a depth of 238 kilometers beneath the bed. Marine.
The shaking was recorded about 158 kilometers west of Neiafu and 274 kilometers north of Nuku’alofa, the capital and most populated city in the country.
Tonga is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the areas of the planet with the greatest seismic activity and where tremors of different intensities occur almost daily.
At least 189 people died in Tonga and neighboring Samoa in a tsunami caused by two simultaneous earthquakes of magnitude 8 and 8.1 in September 2009.
In January 2022, Tonga suffered a tsunami caused by a violent eruption of an underwater volcano, which left at least three dead, cut off the country for several days, and affected more than 80% of its population.