A light earthquake with magnitude 4.9 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, 129 km NE of Hihifo, Tonga (80 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 4.9-magnitude earthquake was detected at 19:45:45 / 7:45 pm (local time epicenter). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. Id of earthquake: us10005j3x. Event ids that are associated: us10005j3x. Exact location of event, longitude -172.8581 West, latitude -15.1564 South, depth = 10 km. Global time and date of event 21/05/16 / 2016-05-21 07:45:45 / May 21, 2016 @ 7:45 am UTC/GMT.
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. 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 fourty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.
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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. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 129 km NE of Hihifo, Tonga.
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