5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Tonga

35km WNW of Havelu, Tonga

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.7 (ml/mb) has occurred on Tuesday, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Havelu in Tonga. Exact location of event, depth 10 km, -175.5208° West, -21.0071° South. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 15/02/16 / 2016-02-15 15:02:33 / February 15, 2016 @ 3:02 pm. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). Id of earthquake: us200050a6. Event ids that are associated: us200050a6. The temblor was picked up at 04:02:33 / 4:02 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 36 km (23 miles) from Nuku‘alofa (c. 22 400 pop), 69 km (43 miles) from ‘Ohonua (c. 1 200 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was ‘Ohonua, Nuku‘alofa.

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. 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 three and in the last 365 days sixteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.

Earthquake location -21.0071S, -175.5208W






Original Article:http://www.earthquakenewstoday.com/2016/02/15/moderate-earthquake-5-7-mag-strikes-near-havelu-in-tonga/

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