Magnitude 5 Earthquake Strikes Near Tonga

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5 (ml/mb) has struck on Wednesday, 147 km WNW of Neiafu, Tonga (91 miles). Unique identifier: us2000as7z. Ids that are associated to the event: us2000as7z. Exact time and date of earthquake 21/09/17 / 2017-09-21 00:05:20 / September 21, 2017 @ 12:05 am UTC/GMT. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 223.14 km (139 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location, longitude -175.3417° West, latitude -18.3348° South, depth = 223.14 km. The temblor was picked up at 12:05:20 / 12:05 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days twenty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.

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