Magnitude-6.5 earthquake rattles Tonga

Last updated 09:28 12/05/2013

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A moderate earthquake has been recorded near Tonga this morning.

The US Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center said the quake hit shortly after 8.46am.

It was centred 353km northwest of the capital, Nuku'alofa and was 205km below the surface.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued a warning.

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