Mag 5 Strikes Tonga

Earthquake location -24.5774S, -175.6595W

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5 (ml/mb) has occurred on Sunday, South of Tonga (0 miles). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 17/09/18 / 2018-09-17 02:01:42 / September 17, 2018 @ 2:01 am. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -175.6595 West, latitude -24.5774 South, depth = 35 km. The 5-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 14:01:42 / 2:01 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event id: us2000hfnm. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us2000hfnm.

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 two, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days thirty-five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.

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