A light earthquake magnitude 4.9 (ml/mb) strikes 66 kilometers (41 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Friday. The 4.9-magnitude earthquake was detected at 02:09:20 / 2:09 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 13.17 km (8 miles). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20004zq7. Id of event: us20004zq7. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -173.8165 West, latitude -16.5514 South, depth = 13.17 km. Exact time and date of earthquake 12/02/16 / 2016-02-12 14:09:20 / February 12, 2016 @ 2:09 pm UTC/GMT.
Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 66 km (41 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days fourty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.
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