No tsunami threat issued after powerful earthquake hits Tonga
There is no tsunami threat following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in near Tonga in the south pacific that occurred early this morning.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the tumbler struck at around 1 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time and was centered 132 miles east-southeast of Neiafu, Tonga, at a depth of 15 miles. It was followed by several aftershocks.
USGS predicted strong shaking but said the probability of serious damage or casualties was small.
While a tsunami threat exists for parts of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake, NWS reports there is no threat to Hawai‘i based on all the available data.