Strong earthquake rocks Tonga and Samoa, tsunami advisory canceled

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Strong, Magnitude 6.8 earthquake rocked Tonga and Samoa islands today.

Preliminary Earthquake Report:

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Magnitude 6.8

Date-Time • 4 Nov 2017 09:00:20 UTC

• 4 Nov 2017 09:00:20 near epicenter

Location 15.357S 173.219W

Depth 10 km

Distances • 90.5 km (56.1 mi) NE of Hihifo, Tonga
• 230.0 km (142.6 mi) SW of Apia, Samoa
• 291.7 km (180.9 mi) WSW of Tāfuna, American Samoa
• 296.0 km (183.5 mi) WSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
• 673.5 km (417.5 mi) NNE of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.2 km; Vertical 1.5 km

Parameters Nph = 127; Dmin = 539.9 km; Rmss = 1.01 seconds; Gp = 24°

ALL AVAILABLE DATA INDICATES THAT A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI WAS NOT GENERATED BY THIS EARTHQUAKE.