4.9 magnitude earthquake rattles Samoa

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake rattled many Samoans who were inside their homes and offices on Saturday morning.

The tremor was reportedly felt right across the country and it lasted less than a minute.

According to the Samoa Meteorological Service's Facebook page, the earthquake was confirmed but advised that it was not strong enough to generate tsunami waves.

The earthquake occurred at 11:53 am on Saturday morning within the Samoan region at a distance of 188.66 km South-West from Apia.

The depth of the earthquake was 10 kilometres. 

It was also felt in Tonga.

The earthquake comes a few weeks out as the nation prepares to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami which killed more than 140 people in Samoa.

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