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Magnitude 7.1 quake strikes Tonga

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  • No tsunami expected
  • Quake struck at 6:10 p.m. (1:10 am. ET)
  • Kingdom of Tonga is made up of 171 islands, 48 of which are inhabited
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(CNN) -- A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific islands of Tonga Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was centered 95 miles (about 150 km) east-southeast of Nuku'Alofa and 1,240 miles (about 2000 km) northeast of Auckland, New Zealand, the USGS said.

It occurred at 6:10 p.m. local time (1:10 a.m. ET).

The National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami is expected as a result of the temblor.

The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of 171 islands, according to the U.S. State Department. Of those, only 48 are inhabited.

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