57 earthquakes recorded in Tonga in May

The earthquakes were with magnitudes greater than or equal to four in which some were felt and some were not.

Tonga Geological Services said 22 were shallow-focus earthquakes with an average magnitude of 4.9.

13 were intermediate focus earthquakes with 4.7 average magnitude and 22 were deep-focus earthquakes with 4.4 average magnitudes.

The highest magnitude for earthquakes detected by the monitoring system in May was 6.5 and the lowest was 4.0.

There were two felt events reported for May.

Both of the earthquakes caused light ground shaking.

Tonga schedules 2 repatriation flights for May

A meeting between the National Emergency Management Committee and the COVID-19 Committee confirmed that there is a repatriation flight from Auckland next week.

The second flight is from American Samoa.

Chief Executive Officer of MEIDECC Paula Ma’u said two repatriation flights scheduled to arrive from Fiji and Brisbane next month have been postponed until further notice.

According to Mau, the postponement is because Fiji has closed its border due to new cases of COVID–19 and the variant is same as the one found in India.