A light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) has struck on Sunday, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. Exact location of event, longitude -173.2475 West, latitude -16.2025 South, depth = 35 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was detected at 04:51:38 / 4:51 am (local time epicenter). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000492b. Id of event: us1000492b. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 20/12/15 / 2015-12-20 16:51:38 / December 20, 2015 @ 4:51 pm. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Hihifo. Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 65 km (40 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days six and in the last 365 days fifty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.
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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 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: 60 km ESE of Hihifo, Tonga.
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