Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Nukalofa, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
Thu, 4 Aug 2022, 07:0707:07 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake near Nukalofa, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga, was reported only 27 minutes ago by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at an intermediate depth of 100 km beneath the epicenter early evening on Thursday, August 4th, 2022, at 7:39 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 4 Aug 7:39 pm (GMT +13)
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 'Ohonua (pop. 1,200) located 80 km from the epicenter, Kolonga (pop. 1,100) 94 km away, and Lapaha (pop. 8,000) 99 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Nukalofa (pop. 22,400) located 108 km from the epicenter, Nuku'alofa (pop. 22,400) 108 km away, and Haveluloto (pop. 3,400) 109 km away.
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Date & time: Aug 4, 2022 7:39 pm (GMT +13) local time (4 Aug 2022 06:39 GMT)
Depth: 100.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 21.33°S / 174.18°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Primary data source: EMSC
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