A light earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) was detected on Tuesday, 79 kilometers (49 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. The temblor was reported at 08:33:28 / 8:33 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude -173.5632 West, latitude -16.6432 South, depth = 81.4 km. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 31/03/20 / 2020-03-31 20:33:28 / March 31, 2020 @ 8:33 pm. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 81.4 km (51 miles) below the earth’s surface. Id of earthquake: us70008jl0. Event ids that are associated: us70008jl0. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).
Event epicenter was 81 km (50 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop) (That might be effected).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days thirty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year.
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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. Read more about the earthquake, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters, Location and details about this quake, that has struck: 79 km SSE of Hihifo, Tonga. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.
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