Quakes shake nation amid weather warnings

No tsunami warning was triggered by two major earthquakes Samoa felt early on Monday morning, only three minutes apart.

The first was at 1:47 a.m. with a magnitude of 6.7, occurring in the Samoa region. 

The tremor was 10 kilometres deep and originated more than 372 kilometres southeast of Apia.

“There is [no tsunami] generated from this earthquake,” the Samoa Meteorological Service posted on its social media moments after the quake.

The quake that followed at 1:50 a.m. occurred in the region of Tonga, 486 kilometres southwest of Apia. It had a magnitude of 5.9 at a depth of 10 kilometres.

“The public is hereby advised that there was ‘No Destructive Tsunami’ generated by this earthquake,” the MET Office advised soon after on social media.

Although no tsunami warning was triggered, the local population was rattled.

Last week, Samoa experienced two earthquakes, two days in a row, with magnitudes of 7.4 and 5.4 on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Meanwhile, the MET Office continues to enforce a heavy rain warning for all of Samoa and a flood advisory remains in place for all major rivers and vulnerable places.

“The trough of low pressure remains within the vicinity of Samoa with associated clouds and showers and is expected to maintain wet and unstable weather conditions for today while slowly drifting south,” a warning from the weather bureau reads.

“Therefore, the heavy rain warning and the flood advisory remains in effect for vulnerable areas.”

Potential impacts during the rough weather includes heavy downpours with poor visibility, gusty winds in the rain, foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges, pooling near roadsides and waterways.


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