A 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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