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M 5.9 in Tonga on 15 Feb 2016 15:02 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Summary


This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the Magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

  • Earthquake Magnitude: 5.9M
  • Depth: Km
  • Event Date: 15 Feb 2016 15:02 UTC
  • Exposed Population: About 82949 people within 100km
  • Inserted at: 15 Feb 2016 16:48 UTC


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Latest media headlines

Articles: 148 | About casualties: 2 | Last hour: 0

Cyclone Winston Continue To Strengthen, Threaten Tonga
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 01:53:00 +0100   pidp (en)

Massive storm may become Category 4+, Vava‘u in crosshairs. NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Feb. 18, 2016) –The very large Tropical Cyclone Winston (Cat. 4) currently has hurricane force winds across its 150kms diameter and the intensifying storm might become a high Cat. 4 – or even Cat.

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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Winston intensifying near Tonga
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:37:00 +0100   phys (en)

On Feb 17 at 01:00 UTC NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of powerful Tropical Cyclone Winston in the South Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response/Jeff Schmaltz. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible picture of Tropical Cyclone Winston as it continued to intensify over the Southern Pacific Ocean and affect Tonga.

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Earthquake in Tonga trench
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 01:18:00 +0100   fijitimes (en)

Update: 12:05PM AN earthquake was recorded southwest of Nuku'alofa in Tonga early this morning. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake at 3.02am was at a depth of 133 kilometres and 136 kilometres southwest from Nuku'alofa. It was 699 kilometres southeast from Suva.

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EMM (1), JRC (64), (2), NEIC (5), OCHA (1), INGV (1), WMO (1), USGS (6), INFORM (2),

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