Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - South of Fiji Islands on Sunday, 16 September 2018 - information

Updated: Sep 24, 2021 02:30 GMT

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 801 km south of Suva, Central, Fiji, on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 21:11 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 801 km south of Suva, Central, Fiji, on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 21:11 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 572 km depth

16 Sep 21:18 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Sep 16 21:21: Magnitude recalculated from 6.3 to 6.2.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 566.0 to 569.0 km.
Sep 16 21:33: Magnitude recalculated from 6.2 to 6.5.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 569.0 to 572.0 km.
Date & time: Sep 16, 2018 21:11:49 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 572.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 25.34°S / 178.25°E (international territory)
Antipode: 25.34°N / 1.75°W
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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6.5572 kmSouth of Fiji IslandsGFZ
6.0595 kmSouth of Fiji IslandsGeoAu
6.5570 km- South of the Fiji IslandsUSGS
6.0612 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
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Christchurch, Canterbury (2089.4 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Lebanon / not felt : Over 6000 miles away... didn't feel shit  
near Yagoona, Canterbury-Bankstown, New South Wales (2791.8 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

  • 17 Sep 2018 09:32 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    588 km (365.4 mi) depth
    36 km (23 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 17 Sep 2018 00:08 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    580 km (360.4 mi) depth
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

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