Strong Magnitude 6 Earthquake Detected At Hihifo, Tonga

Earthquake location -17.16S, -173.601W

A earthquake with magnitude 6 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 134 km S of Hihifo, Tonga (83 miles). Exact location of earthquake, -173.601° West, -17.16° South, depth 162.8 km. Event id: pt18360000. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: pt18360000. Global time and date of event 26/12/18 / 2018-12-26 14:11:21 / December 26, 2018 @ 2:11 pm UTC/GMT. The epicenter was at a depth of 162.8 km (101 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 6-magnitude earthquake was detected at 02:11:21 / 2:11 am (local time epicenter).

There are an estimated 135 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-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas.

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