Earthquake strikes Samoa, no tsunami warning

By Soli Wilson 06 May 2020, 3:23PM

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Samoa on Wednesday afternoon did not warrant a tsunami threat, the Samoa Meteorology Service confirmed.

The strong tremor hit at about 12:20 pm local time, lasting almost a minute.

There had been no reports of any damages by the earthquake, according to a response from the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services.

According to the Samoa MET Office the tremor was very much in the region of Samoa, occurring 156 km South of South West of Apia.

The Samoa Meteorology Office posted their update well within ten minutes after the tremor.

In previous interviews the Meteorological Office Principal Scientific Officer, Fuimaono Lameko Talia, said that based on historical records most of the country's tsunamis are triggered by 7.5 and above magnitude earthquakes.

Two months ago, Samoa was awakened on Wednesday morning by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake at around 6 am local time.

The tremor was approximately 10km deep in the Samoa region, occurring 241 km south south west of Apia.

According to earthquake tracking websites, in the last 30 days, this was Samoa’s first earthquake this week but the sixth in the last 30 days.

Around the same time Samoa was hit with the 5.9 magnitude, Tonga was also struck with a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. Tonga has had two earthquakes in the last 24 hours.

By Soli Wilson 06 May 2020, 3:23PM

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