No tsunami generated from morning’s Tonga quake
No tsunami was generated from a 6.5 earthquake in the Tonga region today ( Saturday in American Samoa), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawai’i, that issued an information-only bulletin.
The quake occurred around 9:46a.m. Saturday - local time. The quake was close to Neiafu, Tonga and about 381 miles southwest of Tafuna, America Samoa and 358 miles southwest of Apia, Samoa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Two residents on the west-side of Tutuila felt the shaking, saying it lasted foronly a few seconds. The USGS website says one person in American Samoa reported feeling the quake.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the information bulletin is issued as advise to government agencies and only national and local government agencies have the authority to make decisions regarding the official state of alert in their area and any actions to be taken in response.
The Emergency Operation Center in Tafuna, when contacted, acknowledged the bulletin is information only and are monitoring the situation.