5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Felt Near Samoa

96km NNE of Hihifo, Tonga

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.8 (ml/mb) has struck on Monday, 96 kilometers (60 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was detected at 17:36:27 / 5:36 pm (local time epicenter). All ids that are associated to the event: us10004vz7. Unique identifier: us10004vz7. Exact location of event, depth 29.75 km, -173.4146° West, -15.1436° South. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 08/03/16 / 2016-03-08 05:36:27 / March 8, 2016 @ 5:36 am. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 29.75 km (18 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Epicenter of the earthquake was 99 km (62 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo (min 5000 pop).

There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days fifty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

Original Article:http://www.earthquakenewstoday.com/2016/03/08/moderate-earthquake-5-8-mag-has-occurred-near-hihifo-in-tonga/

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