Close to New Zealand was a strong earthquake


A powerful earthquake struck the islands of Tonga. Photo

12.03.11.Na Tonga March 12, an earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude on the Richter scale. It is reported Xinhua citing U.S. Geological Survey.


The epicenter was located in the south-western Pacific Ocean 218 kilometers south-east of Tonga — Nuku'alofa. Hearth lies at a depth of 27 kilometers, the ITAR-TASS referring to the Australian Seismological Service. Tremors were felt in a radius of 307 kilometers. About the victims and the victims is still unknown.

Polynesian nation of Tonga is a cluster of volcanic and coral islands in the South Pacific. The country's capital, the city of Nuku'alofa, located about 1770 km northeast of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, and about 690 kilometers south-east of Suva, the capital of Fiji. Population — 119,009 people.

March 10 in the county Intszyan Yunnan (Southwest China) earthquake with magnitude of 5.8. The disaster affected 350,000 people.

On March 11, 130 km off the northeastern coast of Japan, an earthquake of magnitude 8.9. The earthquake caused a powerful tsunami that threatens at least 20 countries in the Pacific region.


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