Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Tsunami-Tonga Hits


According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Tonga was hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake on Thursday. The quake occurred less than two weeks after the Pacific region was destroyed by an underwater volcanic eruption followed by a tsunami.

USGS data show The quake occurred at 6:40 am, centered 219 km (136 miles) west-northwest of Pangai.

The USGS revised the quake depth to 4.2 km (2.6 miles) after first reporting that the quake occurred at a depth of 14.5 km (9 miles).

So far, there have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Tonga was hit by an underwater eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano on January 15, followed by a tsunami that wiped out an entire village on one of Tonga’s small remote islands, killing at least three people.

The eruption also cut Tonga’s only fiber optic communication cable connecting the country and the outside world.

Prior to the earthquake on Thursday, the Tongan government allowed the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide, which was attacked by the coronavirus, to berth in Tonga to deliver humanitarian and medical supplies under non-contact protocols. did.

A total of 23 personnel on board the ship were tested positive for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus.

“The ship is moored and there is no contact. Australians from the ship will unload cargo and depart from the port,” Health Minister Saia Piukala of Tonga told Broadcom Broadcast Radio.

Authorities claimed that all foreign aid was provided without human-to-human contact, and that supplies sent by aid flights remained unpacked for 72 hours to minimize the risk of infection.

The non-contact protocol aims to avoid outbreaks in Tonga, one of the few countries without the virus, with only one known infection since the outbreak of the pandemic.

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This photo shows the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Adelaide docked at Vuna Pier in Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, on January 26, 2022, providing assistance following the January 15 eruption of the nearby Hunga Tonga-Hunga Harpai submarine volcano. It shows how to do it. (AFP via Mary Lynn Rajsku / Matangi Tonga / Getty Images)

Australia has delivered more than 40 tons of emergency relief supplies to Tonga, including shelter materials, water, sanitary supplies, equipment to restore communications, and personal protective equipment for people who remove ash.

The Scott Morrison government has promised an additional $ 2 million (US $ 1.4 million) in humanitarian funding to support Tonga, for a total of $ 3 million (US $ 2.1 million) so far.

United States of America Said It will also provide Tonga with an additional $ 2.5 million in humanitarian assistance through the United States Agency for International Development. This is in addition to the $ 100,000 initial pledge for immediate assistance.

Tonga also received humanitarian and medical supplies from Japan and New Zealand. The Chinese Embassy in Fiji has also sent drinking water, food, generators and other commodities to help the people of Tonga.

Epoch Times Sydney staff contributed to this report.

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