A light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) has occurred on Sunday, 49 kilometers (30 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. Exact location of event, longitude -173.856 West, latitude -15.5111 South, depth = 62.42 km. The 4.4-magnitude earthquake was detected at 14:37:04 / 2:37 pm (local time epicenter). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 62.42 km (39 miles) below the earth’s surface. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 17/01/21 / 2021-01-17 14:37:04 / January 17, 2021 @ 2:37 pm. Id of earthquake: us7000d3fp. Event ids that are associated: us7000d3fp.
Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Hihifo (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 50 km (31 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days ninety-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year.
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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. 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: 49 km N of Hihifo, Tonga.
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