A light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) strikes 73 kilometers (45 miles) from Nuku`alofa in Tonga on Saturday. All ids that are associated to the event: us10004f5q. Unique identifier: us10004f5q. Exact time and date of earthquake 17/01/16 / 2016-01-17 08:44:51 / January 17, 2016 @ 8:44 am UTC/GMT. The 4.6-magnitude earthquake was detected at 20:44:51 / 8:44 pm (local time epicenter). 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 111.23 km (69 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of event, longitude -175.055 West, latitude -20.4793 South, depth = 111.23 km.
Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was ‘Ohonua, Nuku‘alofa (min 5000 pop). The epicenter was 75 km (47 miles) from Nuku‘alofa (c. 22 400 pop), 96 km (59 miles) from ‘Ohonua (c. 1 200 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. 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 nineteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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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. 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: 73 km NNE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga.
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