5.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Samoa

Aleipata, a district of Samoa which is closest to American Samoa.

Picturesque Aleipata which was badly damaged by the 2008 tsunami.

APIA: FRIDAY 02 AUGUST 2013: A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Samoa about 0900 this morning.

The quake happened after 9am local time and the US Geological service says the epicentre was 257 kilometres southwest of Apia at a depth of 39 km.

A tsunami watch was issued following the quake but that has now been cancelled.

The quake was also felt in neighbouring American Samoa.

In September 2008, Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga were hit by a 8.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, which killed 186 people.