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Light earthquake, 4.1 mag was detected near Hihifo in Tonga

Earthquake location -15.7736S, -174.6848WA light earthquake magnitude 4.1 (ml/mb) has struck on Thursday, 97 km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga (60 miles). Event id: us7000d2ea. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us7000d2ea. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 252.66 km (157 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -174.6848 West, latitude -15.7736 South, depth = 252.66 km. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 14/01/21 / 2021-01-14 17:59:21 / January 14, 2021 @ 5:59 pm. The temblor was detected at 17:59:21 / 5:59 pm (local time epicenter).

In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days six and in the last 365 days fourty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.

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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: 97 km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -174.6848° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -15.7736° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 252.66 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 97 km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2021-01-14 17:59:21 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2021-01-26 20:28:35 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 259 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 3.363 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.85 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 76 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us7000d2ea Id of event.
Event Code 7000d2ea An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us7000d2ea, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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