M6.1 earthquake - 174km ENE of Neiafu, Tonga, Saturday, 17 November 2012 at 05:12 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 432 km northeast of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:12

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake  - South Pacific Ocean, 432 km northeast of Nuku\'alofa, Tongatapu, on Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:12

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

17 Nov 05:45 UTC: First to report: USGS after 32 minutes.
Date & time: 17 Nov 2012 05:12:56 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:12
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 9.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.3108°S / 172.374°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)
Nearest volcano: Fonualei (209 km / 130 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
432 km (268 mi) NE of Nuku'alofa (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.9 km TONGA REGIONEMSC
M 6.010 kmTonga Islands RegionGFZ
M 6.19.8 km174km ENE of Neiafu, TongaUSGS
M 6.1 kmTonga Islands RegionGeoAu

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Aftershocks of the 6.1 quake South Pacific Ocean, 432 km northeast of Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:12

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Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 432 km northeast of Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, on Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:12
    Hint: Click on Date/Time to show latest first
  • Date / time UTC
    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 30 Apr 1919 07:17
    | 8.1 |
    25km / 16mi
    |
    102 years ago
    |
    16km / 10mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 26 Dec 1975 15:56
    | 7.8 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    45 years ago
    |
    228km / 142mi
    | Samoa Islands Region
  • 02 Apr 1977 07:15
    | 7.6 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    44 years ago
    |
    182km / 113mi
    | Samoa Islands Region (Tonga)
  • 27 Feb 1921 18:23
    | 7.4 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    100 years ago
    |
    95km / 59mi
    | Tonga
  • 06 Oct 1987 04:19
    | 7.3 |
    16km / 9.9mi
    |
    33 years ago
    |
    44km / 27mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 08 Oct 1988 04:46
    | 7.1 |
    35km / 22mi
    |
    32 years ago
    |
    51km / 32mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 17 Jun 1978 15:11
    | 7.0 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    43 years ago
    |
    135km / 84mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 27 Nov 1949 08:42
    | 6.6 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    71 years ago
    |
    116km / 72mi
    | Tonga
  • 02 Jun 1982 12:37
    | 6.4 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    39 years ago
    |
    28km / 18mi
    | Tonga Region
  • 03 Feb 1980 11:58
    | 6.4 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    41 years ago
    |
    146km / 91mi
    | Tonga Region (Niue)
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