Significant magnitude 5.6 earthquake 117 km southeast of Pangai, Tonga
Tue, 4 May 2021, 20:1020:10 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake near Pangai, Ha'apai, Tonga, was reported only 17 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), 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 morning on Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 8:51 am 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.
5.6 quake 5 May 8:51 am (GMT +13)
A second report was later issued by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), which listed it as a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.2.
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 Pangai (pop. 1,700) located 117 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: 5 May 8:51 am (GMT +13) local time (4 May 2021 19:51 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 20.71°S / 173.76°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Primary data source: GFZ
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