A light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) has struck on Saturday, 17 kilometers (11 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 12/03/16 / 2016-03-12 21:11:30 / March 12, 2016 @ 9:11 pm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 4.4-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 09:11:30 / 9:11 am (local time epicenter). The epicenter was at a depth of 105.69 km (66 miles). All ids that are associated to the event: us20005a86. Unique identifier: us20005a86. Exact location of event, longitude -173.7387 West, latitude -15.7922 South, depth = 105.69 km.
Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 19 km (12 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days twelve and in the last 365 days eighty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 17 km N of Hihifo, Tonga.
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