A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was detected on Sunday, 62 kilometers (39 miles) from `Ohonua in Tonga. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 27.31 km (17 miles). Exact location of event, longitude -174.6519 West, latitude -20.8412 South, depth = 27.31 km. The temblor was picked up at 04:43:54 / 4:43 am (local time epicenter). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 12/08/18 / 2018-08-12 16:43:54 / August 12, 2018 @ 4:43 pm. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000g79c. Id of event: us1000g79c.
Nearby country/countries, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop) (That might be effected). The epicenter was 66 km (41 miles) from Nuku‘alofa (c. 22 400 pop), 63 km (39 miles) from ‘Ohonua (c. 1 200 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Nuku‘alofa, ‘Ohonua (min 5000 pop).
Every year there are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days twenty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.
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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 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: 62 km NNE of `Ohonua, Tonga.
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