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Tonga Jolted By Strong Undersea Temblor Aprl 2, 2014
Quake Map of Southwest Pacific
Residents of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga reported a violent jolt from a 6.2 magnitude undersea quake located 45 miles northeast of the capital Nuku’alofa.

The shaking knocked items off shelves and sent people fleeing for higher ground in fear of a tsunami.

But there were no reported changes in sea level following the temblor.

“Houses shook violently and people could be heard shouting warnings to each other with babies crying,” the Matangi Tonga website reported.

Tonga is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of frequent seismic and volcanic activity.