A light earthquake with magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 74 kilometers (46 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 15/02/17 / 2017-02-15 19:25:12 / February 15, 2017 @ 7:25 pm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event id: us20008m3s. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20008m3s. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 138.57 km (86 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of event, depth 138.57 km, -174.2187° West, -16.4491° South. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 07:25:12 / 7:25 am (local time epicenter).
Earthquake epicenter was 71 km (44 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo.
In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days sixty 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: 74 km SW of Hihifo, Tonga.
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