A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.2 (ml/mb) has struck on Wednesday, 42 kilometers (26 miles) from Pangai in Tonga. The temblor was detected at 08:38:40 / 8:38 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, depth 74.9 km, -174.6782° West, -19.5751° South. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 74.9 km (47 miles). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 16/12/15 / 2015-12-16 20:38:40 / December 16, 2015 @ 8:38 pm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20004hm8. Id of event: us20004hm8.
Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Pangai. Close country/countries, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop) (That might be effected). Epicenter of the event was 43 km (27 miles) from Pangai (c. 1 700 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days twenty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year.
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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 42 km NW of Pangai, Tonga.
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