A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) was detected on Sunday, 53 kilometers (33 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 18/10/15 / 2015-10-18 16:23:37 / October 18, 2015 @ 4:23 pm. The temblor was reported at 04:23:37 / 4:23 am (local time epicenter). Exact location, longitude -173.315° West, latitude -16.1929° South, depth = 10 km. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10003pig. Id of event: us10003pig. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface.
The epicenter was 58 km (36 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo.
Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days fourty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.
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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. 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: 53 km ESE of Hihifo, Tonga.
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