Updated: 06/30/2014 04:53 | By Agence France-Presse

Series of quakes strike off South Pacific islands: USGS

A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific islands of Wallis and Futuna in the early hours of Monday, following another powerful earthquake off Tonga.


Series of quakes strike off South Pacific islands: USGS

The archipeligo of Wallis and Futuna is pictured November 13, 2008 - by Marc Le Chelard

The latest quake hit at 5:15 am local time (1715 GMT Sunday) and occurred 205 kilometres (127 miles) southeast of the Wallis and Futuna capital of Mata-Utu, the US Geological Survey said.

It came less than two hours after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck off Tonga.

Neither generated tsunami alerts and there were no immediate reports of damage.

The undersea quake off Tonga hit at 3:52 am (1552 GMT Sunday) and was 197 kilometres northwest of the town of Hihifo, USGS said.

The epicentre was also at a depth of 10 kilometres. 

That tremor was followed less than three hours later by a 5.6-magnitude quake a few kilometres further west.

The region lies in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of frequent seismic activity due to collisions between continental plates.

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