A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) has struck on Monday, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. The temblor was picked up at 01:17:34 / 1:17 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, depth 99.81 km, -174.0308° West, -15.6409° South. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Id of earthquake: us20008va9. Event ids that are associated: us20008va9. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 99.81 km (62 miles). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 20/03/17 / 2017-03-20 13:17:34 / March 20, 2017 @ 1:17 pm.
Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo. Epicenter of the earthquake was 43 km (27 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
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. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days fifty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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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 data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 45 km NW of Hihifo, Tonga.
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