A light earthquake with magnitude 4.9 (ml/mb) was reported 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Nuku`alofa in Tonga on Thursday. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. Id of earthquake: us200050u6. Event ids that are associated: us200050u6. Exact location of earthquake, -175.267° West, -20.865° South, depth 10 km. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 17/02/16 / 2016-02-17 11:15:24 / February 17, 2016 @ 11:15 am. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was detected at 00:15:24 / 12:15 am (local time epicenter).
Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was ‘Ohonua, Nuku‘alofa (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 31 km (19 miles) from Nuku‘alofa (c. 22 400 pop), 62 km (38 miles) from ‘Ohonua (c. 1 200 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
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 four, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days twenty earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes 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. 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: 30 km NNW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga.
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