A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) strikes 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Vaini in Tonga on Monday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of event, depth 35 km, -175.5137° West, -21.484° South. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 11/01/16 / 2016-01-11 22:44:37 / January 11, 2016 @ 10:44 pm. Event id: us10004exg. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10004exg. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 10:44:37 / 10:44 am (local time epicenter).
Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was ‘Ohonua, Nuku‘alofa (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 50 km (31 miles) from Nuku‘alofa (c. 22 400 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from ‘Ohonua (c. 1 200 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days sixteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.
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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. 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: 45 km SW of Vaini, Tonga.
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