A light earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) was reported 93 kilometers (58 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Thursday. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 12/12/19 / 2019-12-12 18:59:41 / December 12, 2019 @ 6:59 pm. The 4.8-magnitude earthquake was detected at 06:59:41 / 6:59 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 98.53 km (61 miles) below the earth’s surface. Unique identifier: us70006nqn. Ids that are associated to the event: us70006nqn. Exact location, longitude -174.0017° West, latitude -15.1409° South, depth = 98.53 km.
Event epicenter was 93 km (58 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Hihifo. Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days six, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days fifty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. 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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