A light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) strikes 91 kilometers (57 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Saturday. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 117.61 km (73 miles) below the earth’s surface. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us60003rrh. Id of event: us60003rrh. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -173.8939 West, latitude -16.764 South, depth = 117.61 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 18/05/19 / 2019-05-18 12:18:55 / May 18, 2019 @ 12:18 pm. The temblor was picked up at 00:18:55 / 12:18 am (local time epicenter).
Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 91 km (56 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop).
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 five, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days fourty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.
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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage 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: 91 km S of Hihifo, Tonga.
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