A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) has struck on Friday, 73 kilometers (45 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 54.27 km (34 miles) below the earth’s surface. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 07:56:28 / 7:56 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 21/10/16 / 2016-10-21 19:56:28 / October 21, 2016 @ 7:56 pm. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -173.7026 West, latitude -16.6169 South, depth = 54.27 km. Event id: us100072ev. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us100072ev.
The epicenter was 74 km (46 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo. Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been five, in the last 10 days seven, in the past 30 days ten and in the last 365 days sixty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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