5.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Tonga

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck near Tonga in an upper island in the Ha'apai group this afternoon.

The quake, 10 kilometres in depth, hit the area at 12.48pm.

The region has been struck by 10 earthquakes in the past month.

An earthquake of the same magnitude and depth hit the region just weeks ago.

A stock photo of a recording of an earthquake's seismic waves