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    4.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Tonga Coast - USGS

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A 4.9 magnitude earthquake has been registered off the coast of the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

    The quake was registered at 04:48 GMT with the epicentre located at a depth of 56.5 kilometres (35 miles). There have been no immediate reports about damage or casualties due to the earthquake and no tsunami threat has been reported.

    The island nation is located on the edge of a seismically active zone, known as the Ring of Fire, where powerful earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.

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