A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) was reported 38 kilometers (24 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Wednesday. Exact location of event, longitude -173.4582 West, latitude -16.1594 South, depth = 72.76 km. All ids that are associated to the event: us70009lpe. Unique identifier: us70009lpe. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of earthquake 20/05/20 / 2020-05-20 13:46:49 / May 20, 2020 @ 1:46 pm UTC/GMT. The temblor was picked up at 01:46:49 / 1:46 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 72.76 km (45 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Nearby 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 earthquake was 43 km (27 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days fifty-nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Each 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.
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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 38 km SE of Hihifo, Tonga. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.
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