5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Tonga

Earthquake location -18.4516S, -173.9206W

A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, 22 kilometers (14 miles) from Neiafu in Tonga. Global time and date of event 30/11/18 / 2018-11-30 05:46:08 / November 30, 2018 @ 5:46 am UTC/GMT. Unique identifier: us1000hy7u. Ids that are associated to the event: us1000hy7u. 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 11.76 km (7 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location, longitude -173.9206° West, latitude -18.4516° South, depth = 11.76 km. The temblor was detected at 18:46:08 / 6:46 pm (local time epicenter).

Country/countries that might be effected, Tonga (c. 123 000 pop). The epicenter was 23 km (14 miles) from Neiafu (c. 4 300 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Neiafu (min 5000 pop).

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 twenty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world.

Original Article:http://www.earthquakenewstoday.com/2018/11/30/moderate-earthquake-5-1-mag-has-occurred-near-neiafu-in-tonga/

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