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Light earthquake, 4.4 mag strikes near Hihifo in Tonga



Earthquake location -16.4045S, -174.0139WA light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 57 kilometers (35 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. Exact location of event, depth 80.04 km, -174.0139° West, -16.4045° South. The 4.4-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 01:52:52 / 1:52 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 80.04 km (50 miles). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20005e4u. Id of event: us20005e4u. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Global time and date of event 02/04/16 / 2016-04-02 13:52:52 / April 2, 2016 @ 1:52 pm UTC/GMT.

Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo. Epicenter of the event was 55 km (34 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Close country/countries, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop) (That might be effected).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days fifty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 57 km SSW of Hihifo, Tonga. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -174.0139° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -16.4045° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 80.04 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 57km SSW 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 2016-04-02 13:52:52 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-04-02 14:33:17 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -720 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 298 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 3.289 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.76 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 116 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 us20005e4u Id of event.
Event Code 20005e4u An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20005e4u, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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