A light earthquake with magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Haveluloto in Tonga. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of earthquake, -175.3545° West, -21.1772° South, depth 148.29 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 148.29 km (92 miles) below the earth’s surface. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 21:59:27 / 9:59 pm (local time epicenter). Unique identifier: us6000bhnq. Ids that are associated to the event: us6000bhnq. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 14/08/20 / 2020-08-14 21:59:27 / August 14, 2020 @ 9:59 pm.
Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was ‘Ohonua, Nuku‘alofa (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 16 km (10 miles) from Nuku‘alofa (c. 22 400 pop), 45 km (28 miles) from ‘Ohonua (c. 1 200 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days twenty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.
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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 14 km W of Haveluloto, Tonga.
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