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Moderate earthquake, 5.1 mag strikes near Hihifo in Tonga



Earthquake location -16.216S, -174.0909WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) was reported 46 kilometers (29 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Wednesday. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -174.0909 West, latitude -16.216 South, depth = 147.04 km. The epicenter was at a depth of 147.04 km (91 miles). The temblor was reported at 17:39:40 / 5:39 pm (local time epicenter). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10004edy. Id of event: us10004edy. Global time and date of event 14/01/16 / 2016-01-14 05:39:40 / January 14, 2016 @ 5:39 am UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 43 km (27 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).

There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days fourty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 46 km SW of Hihifo, Tonga.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -174.0909° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -16.216° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 147.04 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 46km SW of Hihifo, Tonga Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-01-14 05:39:40 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-14 06:01:10 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -720 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 400 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 10.067 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.76 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 47 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us10004edy Id of event.
Event Code 10004edy An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10004edy, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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