Two Earthquakes Hit Samoa, Nothing To Be Concerned About

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Cause of 4.6, 4.3 magnitude tremors not identified

By Jasmine Netzler

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Feb. 10, 2015) – Samoa experienced two earthquakes yesterday morning; one measuring at a magnitude of 4. 6 and the second struck at a magnitude of 4.3.

But there is nothing to be concerned about Samoa.

That confirmation comes from Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Meteorology Division, Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea.

He confirmed the first tremors were felt at 3am and measured a magnitude of 4.6 while the second that occurred at noon to have measured at 4.3.

"We cannot confirm at this time what actually caused the tremors."

But he said there were two possibilities including movement in plates and a chance of the tremors being associated to a volcano activity in Tonga.

"There have been several felt earthquakes during the Tongan eruption last month."

Mulipola also confirmed "the actual plates are slightly acting at this time". What he means by this is that there is some activity in the movement of plates.

He also confirmed that there is some activity currently in the plates in Vanuatu.

"It (tremors) could be caused by both," he said.

But the tremors are the second to be felt in the region he stressed.

Last month alone five "felt earthquakes" were felt in Samoa.

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