New quake damage found in Tonga
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga » Strong aftershocks rattled Tonga today, the day after a massive earthquake damaged buildings and triggered tsunami warnings from Hawaii to New Zealand.
No damage or injuries were reported from the latest quakes -- with magnitudes of 6.0, 5.7 and 5.4 -- to hit the South Pacific nation, and no tsunami warning was issued. But they came as authorities from outlying islands began reporting damage from the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck early yesterday.
A hospital and several other buildings in Tonga's Ha'apai island group were badly damaged, officials said.
Yesterday's earthquake prompted a regional warning center in Ewa Beach to issue a tsunami alert, but an official said today that Tonga was inadvertently left off the list, along with three other Pacific nations.