Two more big earthquakes shake Pacific Ocean

Two more big earthquakes shake Pacific Ocean

The first quake, which hit at 2.07 pm (0107 GMT) was centred 85 km south-east of Hihifo, Tonga, and 377 km from American Samoa, which was hard hit by tsunamis triggered by a magnitude-8.0 earthquake on Tuesday.

The epicentre of the second quake, which occurred 48 minutes later, was located 190 km west-south-west of Apia, the capital of the island state of Samoa which was also devastated by Tuesday's quake.

Both quakes were at a shallow depth of 10 km but there were no immediate reports that they had set off a tsunami in the region.

Residents remain afraid of further disasters in the two Samoan states and Tonga, where the combined death toll from the earlier quake reached at least 155.