A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) was reported 62 kilometers (39 miles) from Neiafu in Tonga on Monday. The temblor was detected at 09:33:49 / 9:33 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 97.91 km (61 miles). Global time and date of event 29/02/16 / 2016-02-29 21:33:49 / February 29, 2016 @ 9:33 pm UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Unique identifier: us10004tn9. Ids that are associated to the event: us10004tn9. Exact location of event, longitude -174.5437 West, latitude -18.468 South, depth = 97.91 km.
Epicenter of the event was 62 km (39 miles) from Neiafu (c. 4 300 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Neiafu (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. There are an estimated 1320 moderate 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 thirty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.
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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 62 km WNW of Neiafu, Tonga.
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