Magnitude 5 Earthquake Strikes Near Tonga

212km ENE of Neiafu, Tonga

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5 (ml/mb) has struck on Sunday, 212 km ENE of Neiafu, Tonga (132 miles). Exact location of event, depth 35 km, -172.2941° West, -17.6088° South. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000693x. Id of event: us1000693x. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 01/08/16 / 2016-08-01 05:51:25 / August 1, 2016 @ 5:51 am. The temblor was reported at 18:51:25 / 6:51 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 35 km (22 miles).

There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes 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 three, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days twenty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.

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