A light earthquake with magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) was reported 48 kilometers (30 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Thursday. Exact location of event, longitude -173.8949 West, latitude -15.5358 South, depth = 41.97 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of earthquake 18/09/15 / 2015-09-18 00:32:32 / September 18, 2015 @ 12:32 am UTC/GMT. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 41.97 km (26 miles) below the earth’s surface. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10003jh8. Id of event: us10003jh8. The temblor was picked up at 12:32:32 / 12:32 pm (local time epicenter).
Epicenter of the earthquake was 48 km (30 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been four, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days sixty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.
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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 48 km NNW of Hihifo, Tonga.
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