A light earthquake with magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) was reported 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga on Wednesday. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 09/12/20 / 2020-12-09 03:13:00 / December 9, 2020 @ 3:13 am. 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: us7000cqzj. Id of event: us7000cqzj. Exact location of earthquake, -173.1717° West, -15.7402° South, depth 35 km. The temblor was picked up at 03:13:00 / 3:13 am (local time epicenter).
The epicenter was 71 km (44 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo. Close country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been four, in the last 10 days seven, in the past 30 days twelve and in the last 365 days one hundred and five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 70 km ENE of Hihifo, Tonga. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.
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