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Earthquake rattles homes across Samoa

An earthquake on Tuesday night that recorded 5.2 on the Richter Scale rocked Samoa but did not generate a tsunami.

That was the advice of the Samoa Meteorology Division following the tremor on Tuesday at around 9.28pm that occurred within the Samoan region.

Its depth measured 10 kilometres and the quake’s epicenter was located 184 kilometers southwest of Apia, Samoa.

“Based on all available data there was no tsunami generated,” states a report released by the Meteorology Division following the earthquake.

An Apia resident, who did not want to be identified, said the tremor lasted for about 3-4 seconds.

The Senior Scientific Officer at the Geoscience Section of the Meteorology Division, Aliimalemanu Malaefatu Leavasa, said the earthquake was triggered due to the collision of tectonic plates.

The Samoan islands are located within the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates in the earth’s lithosphere meet and seismic and volcanic activity are triggered and become frequent.

Between June 2019 and July this year, a total of 1,632 earthquake events were analysed, Aliimalemanu told the Samoa Observer.

He said there were 29 earthquakes felt in Samoa within the same time period. 

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