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Moderate earthquake, 5.8 mag has occurred near Hihifo in Tonga

Earthquake location -15.1436S, -173.4146WA moderate earthquake magnitude 5.8 (ml/mb) has struck on Monday, 96 kilometers (60 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was detected at 17:36:27 / 5:36 pm (local time epicenter). All ids that are associated to the event: us10004vz7. Unique identifier: us10004vz7. Exact location of event, depth 29.75 km, -173.4146° West, -15.1436° South. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 08/03/16 / 2016-03-08 05:36:27 / March 8, 2016 @ 5:36 am. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 29.75 km (18 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Epicenter of the earthquake was 99 km (62 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop).

There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days fifty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 96 km NNE of Hihifo, Tonga. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -173.4146° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -15.1436° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 29.75 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 96km NNE 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 2016-03-08 05:36:27 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-03-08 05:57:14 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -720 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 1 The total number of felt reports
CDI 2 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI 3.8 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 518 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 2.005 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.11 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 42 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 us10004vz7 Id of event.
Event Code 10004vz7 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10004vz7, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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