Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits near Samoa

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits near Samoa
File photo of a tsunami at an island near Samoa.

SYDNEY - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the south Pacific island nation of Samoa on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, and there were no initial reports of damage or injuries.

A police spokeswoman in the capital, Apia, told Reuters by telephone that the quake had not been felt in the city and that she was unaware of any damage.

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