A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was reported 48 kilometers (30 miles) from Pangai in Tonga on Tuesday. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 20/10/20 / 2020-10-20 18:57:55 / October 20, 2020 @ 6:57 pm. All ids that are associated to the event: us6000ca8i. Unique identifier: us6000ca8i. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was detected at 18:57:55 / 6:57 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location, longitude -174.1182° West, latitude -19.4376° South, depth = 35 km. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Neiafu, Pangai (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 89 km (55 miles) from Neiafu (c. 4 300 pop), 49 km (30 miles) from Pangai (c. 1 700 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days twenty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Every year there are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world.
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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. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 48 km NNE of Pangai, Tonga.
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