Tonga is hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake

Tonga is hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake just weeks after huge volcanic eruption and tsunami devastated the islands

Tonga has been rocked by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, just weeks after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. 

The quake struck 130 miles west of the island of Lifuka around 7.40pm local time on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.

Lifuka is part of the low-lying Haʻapai Islands chain which was hard-hit in the Hunga-Tonga eruption, with several of the islands seeing all their buildings swept away in the subsequent tsunami.

There was no immediate word on damage from Thursday’s earthquake, with communications in the region still badly disrupted after the eruption severed an underwater internet cable that is still being repaired.  

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