A light earthquake with magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) was reported 42 kilometers (26 miles) from Nuku`alofa in Tonga on Saturday. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 78.79 km (49 miles) below the earth’s surface. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event id: us20008hg1. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20008hg1. The temblor was reported at 08:46:55 / 8:46 am (local time epicenter). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 21/01/17 / 2017-01-21 20:46:55 / January 21, 2017 @ 8:46 pm. Exact location, longitude -175.2191° West, latitude -20.7463° South, depth = 78.79 km.
Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was ‘Ohonua, Nuku‘alofa. The epicenter was 44 km (27 miles) from Nuku‘alofa (c. 22 400 pop), 71 km (44 miles) from ‘Ohonua (c. 1 200 pop). Close country/countries, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop) (That might be effected).
In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days twenty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. 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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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city 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: 42 km N of Nuku`alofa, Tonga.
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