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Quake felt in the territory, another in Tonga region

[photo: USGS map]
compiled by Samoa News staff

A screenshot of a map from the US Geological Survey website shows a ‘gold’ star, in the Samoan Islands Region, where an earthquake occurred, located about 102 miles southwest of Pago Pago. Some residents on the western side of Tutuila reported that they felt the quake.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 5.4 magnitude quake occurred about 149 kilometers southwest (or 92.6 miles) of Vailoatai, American Samoa. The USGS website indicates that three individuals in American Samoa reported feeling the quake.

Samoa News received two emails from residents on the western side of Tutuila who felt the quake. A resident of Malaeloa said she felt shaking and thought it was a quake, but didn’t think more about it, until told yesterday afternoon.

The local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) Emergency Operation Center said some ASDHS employees felt the quake, which occurred around 10:12am, yesterday.

“We also had some calls coming in from the public,” said an ASDHS message, which also stated that the National Weather Service in Tafuna contacted them that there was no tsunami threat, around 10:37am, yesterday.

Meanwhile, a smaller quake — with a magnitude of 4.9 — occurred yesterday in the Tonga region.