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Light earthquake: M4.9 quake has struck near Hihifo in Tonga



Earthquake location -16.5514S, -173.8165WA 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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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 data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 66 km S of Hihifo, Tonga.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.9 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -173.8165° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -16.5514° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 13.17 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 66km S of Hihifo, Tonga Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-02-12 14:09:20 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-02-12 16:13:05 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -720 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 369 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 3.282 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.9 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 54 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us20004zq7 Id of event.
Event Code 20004zq7 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20004zq7, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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