A light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) strikes 57 kilometers (35 miles) from Pangai in Tonga on Friday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was reported at 05:52:12 / 5:52 am (local time epicenter). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 26/01/17 / 2017-01-26 16:52:12 / January 26, 2017 @ 4:52 pm. Unique identifier: us20008iqg. Ids that are associated to the event: us20008iqg. Exact location of earthquake, -174.8731° West, -19.6493° South, depth 165.76 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 165.76 km (103 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Pangai (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 57 km (36 miles) from Pangai (c. 1 700 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 two, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days twenty-nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city 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: 57 km WNW of Pangai, Tonga.
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