Earthquake strikes; weather warning issued

By Tina Mata'afa-Tufele 12 July 2021, 8:20PM

An earthquake felt in Samoa after 11 pm on Sunday night had its epicentre close to Tonga, the Samoa Meteorological Service said. 

According to information from the Met Service published on Sunday night, 11 July, the tremor struck at 11:24 p.m. Samoan local time.

The quake registered a 4.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale but presented no threat of a tsunami or otherwise.

The Met Service, a division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.M.R.E.), issued a “Felt Earthquake Bulletin” on Facebook with details of the earthquake.

It occurred 253 kilometers Southwest of Apia, in the Tonga region at a depth of 10 kilometers.

“No tsunami was generated by this earthquake,” the Met Service said.

The Sunday 11 July quake is the second to have been recorded for the month of July.

The last bulleting was issued on 9 July.

That tremor registered a 4.5 magnitude, the same on the Righter Scale as the Sunday earthquake.

It also occurred at the same depth – 10 kilometres.

But Friday’s quake occurred in proximity to Samoa region unlike Sunday's which took place near Tonga, 252.75 kilometers south-southwest of Apia and at a depth of 10 kilometres.

In other news from the Met Service, a Marine Advisory and a Wind Advisory remain in force for all of Samoa.

There is an intense high-pressure system centred southeast of Samoa that continues to direct strong east-to-southeasterly winds over Samoa land and marine areas. 

Winds of 45 to 55 kilometres per hour remains in the forecast and are expected to persist through Thursday while maintaining waves and swells of 2-2.5 metres or more.

Potential impacts of the advisories are strong current and rough seas and strong and gusty winds at times.

By Tina Mata'afa-Tufele 12 July 2021, 8:20PM

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