A light earthquake magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) has occurred on Sunday, 57 kilometers (35 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. Exact location of event, longitude -173.2489 West, latitude -15.7693 South, depth = 10 km. Exact time and date of earthquake 27/12/15 / 2015-12-27 16:59:31 / December 27, 2015 @ 4:59 pm UTC/GMT. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Id of earthquake: us10004biu. Event ids that are associated: us10004biu. The 4.8-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 04:59:31 / 4:59 am (local time epicenter).
Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 62 km (39 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been five, in the last 10 days seven, in the past 30 days eleven and in the last 365 days seventy-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world.
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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 57 km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.
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