A light earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) was reported 66 kilometers (41 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Thursday. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 98.38 km (61 miles) below the earth’s surface. The 4.8-magnitude earthquake was detected at 21:15:56 / 9:15 pm (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 21/07/17 / 2017-07-21 09:15:56 / July 21, 2017 @ 9:15 am UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20009yw6. Id of event: us20009yw6. Exact location of event, depth 98.38 km, -173.4121° West, -16.4597° South.
Epicenter of the event was 70 km (43 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop) (That might be effected).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days fifty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.
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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. 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: 66 km SSE of Hihifo, Tonga.
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