A light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) has struck on Wednesday, 12 kilometers (7 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 10/12/15 / 2015-12-10 07:09:45 / December 10, 2015 @ 7:09 am. The temblor was picked up at 19:09:45 / 7:09 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Unique identifier: us20004h2m. Ids that are associated to the event: us20004h2m. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 63.94 km (40 miles). Exact location, longitude -173.8298° West, latitude -16.0317° South, depth = 63.94 km.
Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 9 km (6 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo.
In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days six and in the last 365 days sixty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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