An earthquake measuring 5.3 occurred last night in the archipelago of Tonga. As the Australian Seismological Service, it was in the center of the south-western Pacific Ocean, 220 km south-east of Tonga — Nuku'alofa, at a depth of 172 km.
Tremors were felt in a radius of 227 km. No casualties or damage were reported.
According to seismologists, the threat of a tsunami is also unlikely. Islands of Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kermadec, like the neighboring Solomon Islands, located over a vast underwater plateau, stretching from the coast of South America to New Zealand and Antarctica. Its edges are deep "trough" associated with a belt of volcanic mountains that frame the ocean. Within the Pacific Ring of Fire that are longer than 40 thousand km are constant earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, including underwater.