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Moderate earthquake 5.1 mag, 38 km SE of Hihifo, Tonga

Earthquake location -16.1594S, -173.4582WA 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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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -173.4582° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -16.1594° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 72.76 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 38km SE of Hihifo, Tonga Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2020-05-20 13:46:49 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-05-20 14:08:16 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -720 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 400 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 4.444 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.06 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 57 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mww The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us70009lpe Id of event.
Event Code 70009lpe An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us70009lpe, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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