Magnitude 5 Earthquake Strikes Hihifo, Tonga

Earthquake location -15.2742S, -173.305W

A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 88 kilometers (55 miles) from Hihifo in Tonga. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 18.53 km (12 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 08/11/18 / 2018-11-08 09:02:48 / November 8, 2018 @ 9:02 am. Event id: us1000hp6t. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000hp6t. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location, longitude -173.305° West, latitude -15.2742° South, depth = 18.53 km. The 5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 21:02:48 / 9:02 pm (local time epicenter).

Epicenter of the earthquake was 92 km (57 miles) from Hihifo (c. 800 pop). Close country/countries, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hihifo.

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days fifty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. 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.

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