Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga region

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga region

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Tonga region at 15:32 UTC on July 18, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 14.4 km (8.9 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

The epicenter was located 144.6 km (89.9 miles) ENE of Hihifo, Niuas, Tonga.

There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).

Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records, the earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami, NTWC said.

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

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