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Light earthquake, 4.8 mag was detected near Nuku`alofa in Tonga



Earthquake location -20.3974S, -175.1199WA light earthquake magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) has occurred on Thursday, 81 kilometers (50 miles) from Nuku`alofa in Tonga. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -175.1199 West, latitude -20.3974 South, depth = 10 km. The 4.8-magnitude earthquake was detected at 04:45:22 / 4:45 am (local time epicenter). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 14/04/16 / 2016-04-14 16:45:22 / April 14, 2016 @ 4:45 pm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Unique identifier: us20005i2m. Ids that are associated to the event: us20005i2m. The epicenter was at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Nuku‘alofa. Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 83 km (52 miles) from Nuku‘alofa (c. 22 400 pop).

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

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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. 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: 81 km N of Nuku`alofa, Tonga.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -175.1199° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -20.3974° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 81km N of Nuku`alofa, Tonga Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-04-14 16:45:22 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-04-14 17:34:52 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -720 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 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 354 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 5.064 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.06 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 109 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 us20005i2m Id of event.
Event Code 20005i2m An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20005i2m, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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