Significant magnitude 5.1 earthquake 110 km southeast of Neiafu, Tonga
Sun, 3 Jan 2021, 05:2105:21 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake near Neiafu, Vava‘u, Tonga, was reported only 23 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Sunday 3 January 2021 at 5:57 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
5.1 quake 3 Jan 5:57 pm (GMT +13)
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1 as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Neiafu (pop. 4,300) located 110 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: 3 Jan 5:57 pm (GMT +13) local time (3 Jan 2021 04:57 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 19.02°S / 173.02°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Primary data source: USGS