Magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes near Neiafu, Vava’u, Tonga / Volcano
Mon, May 10, 2021, 2:25 AM
02:25 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
5.0 earthquake in the South Pacific Ocean, Tonga, May 10 at 2:59 p.m. (GMT + 13)
A 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred just 25 minutes ago 105 km northeast of Neiafu, Tonga, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The earthquake struck at a moderately shallow depth of 35 km below the epicenter near Neiafu, Vava’u, Tonga, in the early afternoon on Monday May 10, 2021 at 2:59 p.m. local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter and depth of the quake could be revised in the next few hours or minutes, as seismologists review the data and refine their calculations, or when other agencies release their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the National Seismic Monitoring Network (RéNaSS) which listed the magnitude 5.1 earthquake. A third agency, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), reported the same 5.0 magnitude quake.
Based on preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused significant damage, but was likely felt by many to be slight vibrations in the epicenter area.
Weak tremors could have been felt in Neiafu (4,300 inhabitants) located 105 km from the epicenter.
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Date and time: May 10, 2:59 p.m. (GMT + 13) local time (May 10, 2021 01:59 GMT)
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.76 ° S / 173.66 ° W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Main data source: USGS