A light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) has struck on Saturday, 39 kilometers (24 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. All ids that are associated to the event: us10008vhl. Unique identifier: us10008vhl. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 68.15 km (42 miles). Exact time and date of earthquake 21/05/17 / 2017-05-21 10:51:17 / May 21, 2017 @ 10:51 am UTC/GMT. Exact location of event, longitude -173.7083 West, latitude -15.5987 South, depth = 68.15 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was picked up at 22:51:17 / 10:51 pm (local time epicenter).
Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 41 km (25 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days sixty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world.
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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. 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: 39 km N of Hihifo, Tonga.
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