A light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) strikes 82 kilometers (51 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Monday. Exact location, longitude -173.4043° West, latitude -15.2806° South, depth = 24.8 km. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 24.8 km (15 miles). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 19/06/17 / 2017-06-19 13:51:54 / June 19, 2017 @ 1:51 pm. Unique identifier: us20009nl6. Ids that are associated to the event: us20009nl6. The temblor was reported at 01:51:54 / 1:51 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).
Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). The epicenter was 86 km (53 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 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 six and in the last 365 days fifty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.
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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. 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: 82 km NNE of Hihifo, Tonga.
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