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Strong earthquake hits Tonga, no tsunami risk or damage

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There are no reports of damage after a strong earthquake struck the Pacific island of Tonga. (AP PHOTO)
Camera IconThere are no reports of damage after a strong earthquake struck the Pacific island of Tonga. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

A strong earthquake has struck the South Pacific Island nation of Tonga, but there are no tsunami warnings or immediate reports of damage.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 when it hit at 9.47am on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

Its epicentre was 198km north of the capital, Nuku'alofa, at a depth of 112km.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no risk of the quake causing a tsunami.

Tonga sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where much of the world's earthquake and volcanic activity occurs.

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