The quake had a depth of 32 kilometers and struck 192km south-west of Apia, in Samoa, the US Geological Survey said. The area forms part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates in the Earth’s lithosphere meet and earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. Local reports say the earthquake “was one of the longest tremors felt in Samoa for a while” and lasted for around a minute

with people running out of their homes and into open spaces. But members of the public have been assured there is no tsunami warning as a result of the strong earthquake, which rattled the country tonight. Early reports suggest the quake was also felt in Tonga, and was located 138km north east of the island. Citizens have taken to social media following the quake to share their experiences. READ MORE