5.9-magnitude quake hits 116 km SE of Ohonua, Tonga: USGS

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LUMAJANG, INDONESIA, JANUARY 17: A seismograph used to monitor the eruption of Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java Province, on January 17, 2021. Mount Semeru erupted on January 16, 2021, in Lumajang Regency, East Java, Indonesia. The volcano launched a hot cloud with a gliding distance of about 4.5 kilometers (km). (Photo by Suryanto/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted 116 km SE of Ohonua, Tonga at 17:51:42 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 22.0902 degrees south latitude and 174.1664 degrees west longitude.

Tonga is one of several countries which lie in the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity.

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