A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was reported 98 kilometers (61 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Sunday. The temblor was reported at 14:29:40 / 2:29 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude -173.2062 West, latitude -16.6388 South, depth = 8.92 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us7000cqt1. Id of event: us7000cqt1. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 8.92 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 13/12/20 / 2020-12-13 14:29:40 / December 13, 2020 @ 2:29 pm.
Epicenter of the event was 99 km (61 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Close country/countries, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Hihifo (min 5000 pop).
There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days fifty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.
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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. 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: 98 km SE of Hihifo, Tonga.
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